Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says criticism of England's back-to-back defeats has been over the top.

Gerrard insists England coach Roy Hodgson should be allowed to experiment.

"I think it is important people are not too harsh on us. These games are all about experimenting and trying things," Gerrard said.

"When we get our full team and our full strength back, with the likes of (Danny) Welbeck, (Alex) Oxlade-Chamberlain and (Theo) Walcott, we will have a good team and a team that can go to the World Cup and compete."

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