England must beat Poland tonight to be sure of reaching Brazil 2014.
Gerrard said: "I'd be the proudest man in the country if we get the win we're after. Everyone knows the size of the game and everyone is itching to play. It will be a big personal achievement for me to say I was the captain through a campaign and led the lads to Brazil. I'd be delighted.
"They're aware of how big this is and what's at stake. We need to seize the day."
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