And, at some point during the contest, Gerrard expects a moment to arrive which could turn out to be pivotal to an entire career.
"This is a game where you have to stand up and be counted," said the England skipper. "When you are growing up, it is the stage you want to be playing at.
"There could be a big moment in the game that can define any player's career.
"But you look forward to it. It is a fantastic game to play in. Everyone is excited."