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Gerrard hoping England are in Group H driving seat by next week

England skipper Steven Gerrard wants the team to be in a very strong position in Group H of World Cup qualifying by Wednesday.

The Three Lions meet lowly San Marino in Serravalle on Friday before heading to Podgorica to take on Montenegro on Tuesday, and by the next morning, Gerrard hopes the team will be sitting pretty on top of their group with 14 points from six outings.

"In an ideal situation we win the (San Marino) game comfortably and put on a show for everyone watching back home, and the 3,000 fans who have come out here to watch us, but the three points are the most important thing," he said.

"We get the same out of this game as hopefully we're going to get on Tuesday night, so they are both big games.

"On Wednesday morning hopefully we'll be in the driving seat in this group, and we'll have taken control. If we take six points we can go away and enjoy the summer, as far as England games are concerned, and then we come back next season ready to go on and win the group.

"We've had a fantastic week's training, everyone's fit and available, and everyone is happy. We're all looking forward to Friday's game and we're certainly not lacking confidence on the back of the Brazil result so things are good."

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Andrew Slevison
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