Liverpool boss Benitez: No England painkillers for Gerrard

Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez has warned England management he doesn't want Steven Gerrard playing this week if painkillers are needed.

Gerrard has told the England manager that he will be fit to play against Israel regardless of the scepticism of his club manager that the hairline fracture to his right foot will mean he can play only in the second game against Russia on 12 September.

"We have not taken any risks with Steven at Liverpool and I would not expect England to take any risks with him either," Benitez said. " We do not want Steven to play for England with any painkilling injections. We did that in the game against Chelsea and it took four to five days for him to recover enough to be able to return to training."

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