Steven Gerrard has called for England supporters to hold off on placing too much pressure on the national team ahead of next year's World Cup.
The Liverpool captain has skippered the Three Lions into the finals of Brazil 2014 but has implored fans to be realistic about the team's chances.
"From my experience of going in to World Cups, people talk about golden generations and that we are one of the favourites, that this will be our year and stuff like that," he said.
"That creates a false pressure, and unfair pressure because it's a very tough tournament to go in to. This time around people will be more realistic.
"I think the important thing is now that people don't get carried away and start putting us with teams like Spain and thinking that everyone is fine and we are a fantastic team.
"I think we are a good team, I think we can still get better, I think we have got a good blend of youth and experience.
"Against Poland (on Tuesday night) first half we were fantastic, but second half we showed we still have to improve to compete with the best."
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