Gerrard is confident England can progress to their first semi-final since Euro 96, provided they do everything they can against the Azzurri on Sunday.
The Liverpool midfielder said: "In previous tournaments we just haven't shown what we are capable of. But our performances are getting stronger in this competition.
"That is what gives me the belief and confidence that we can end this hoodoo that people talk about.
"I get told that not many of the current players have figured in quarter-finals, but they are all big-game players and are aware of what is required.
"It is important they seize the moment, seize the opportunity, because from experience, I know they don't come around very often.
"It is important nobody leaves anything out on the pitch and show the critics we are good enough to compete at this level."