Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez believes skipper Steven Gerrard is too hard on himself over his England form.

"He is playing well for England," Benitez told "With England, people sometimes expect every game to be fantastic and a win, so it's not always easy.

"I don't think he has anything to prove to anyone. Everyone knows the quality he has."

Asked if Gerrard could one day help England to a major trophy, Benitez added: "I wouldn't be surprised.

"Fabio Capello is doing a good job and the team has more confidence. They are in a very good position in this group stage, so why not? They have enough quality in the squad."