England captain Steven Gerrard was ecstatic after leading the national team to the World Cup finals on Tuesday night.
The Liverpool midfielder scored the Three Lions' second goal as they defeated Poland 2-0 at Wembley to book their spot in the finals in Brazil next year and was over the moon with the achievement.
"I'm feeling really high at the moment. I said yesterday that it would be a very proud feeling if we can achieve qualification," he told TheFA.com.
"I've had some wonderful nights as a Liverpool player and captain, but to lead the team to Rio is a special feeling. You can see my reaction after the second goal when we knew it was in the bag how happy I was.
"I got a little bit of a lucky break but I gave it everything I've got. I was tired and didn't have much left in the locker, but it was one final push.
"It was a great team performance all round. I know me and Wayne got the goals, but it was a great effort from the squad.
"Everyone has played their part, this team has been through it all. We've had a bit of criticism and had highs and lows, but what we have shown is that we'll never give up and we'll keep fighting."
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