Despite scoring against Ukraine, the striker produced two lacklustre performances during England’s Euro 2012 campaign after returning from his suspension.
“I just think that ever since Wayne has been around and because of his performances in 2004, there is an expectation that he comes to these tournaments and wins them all on his own,” said Gerrard.
“That’s unfair. When it goes wrong people then point to Wayne and his performances, and blame him.
“The responsibility has to be on the 23 players. It’s unfair to look at Wayne and say because Wayne didn’t play well, it’s the reason why we haven’t won games.
“I’ve mentioned on many occasions at this level the biggest thing is to play without expectation, without fear.
“It’s only normal that Wayne is brought down by that because everyone expects and wants him to do well.”