Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard says he'd never turn his back on England.

Gerrard was asked about Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand's withdrawal this week.

"I don't know if Rio has turned his back on England and I don't know the details from his side. But I want to take this team to a World Cup in Brazil. At my age there's no better stage for a footballer to play on.

"After beating Brazil last month, we are capable of beating the best with a full strength squad. My body's good. I have my own personal programme I stick to, but that's the same as any other players.

"With two days recovery after a game I'm fine. Playing for England is the pinnacle and if I don't play against San Marino I'll be very disappointed, which shows what it means to me."