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Liverpool ace Gerrard: England captaincy gave me new lift

Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard admits the England captaincy has given him a new lift.

Having made his 100th ­appearance against Sweden in ­Stockholm last November, a ­special presentation will be made to Gerrard ahead of next month's ­prestige friendly against Brazil.

He explained: "When a manager has belief in you and the confidence to say 'You're my man, you're my captain, I want you to lead this team, I don't care about ­anyone else', it gives you a big lift, a big boost. And I think that's the reason my performances have gone up for England.

"I get even more of a buzz playing for England now. Throughout my England career, I haven't always hit the levels I would have liked to.

"But now, I think I am playing at a level that I am really comfortable with - in terms of my contribution to the team. And being captain has helped me grow. There have been times when I haven't really looked forward to going down to England. Maybe I hadn't done well the time before and had got some criticism, maybe I hadn't really felt ­comfortable going away from home - or stuff like that.

"But right now, I'm already looking ­forward to the games coming up next month and March."

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