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Liverpool's Gerrard warns England to fix defending

Liverpool ace Steven Gerrard has warned England to get tighter at the back.

England face Ukraine in Donetsk on Tuesday evening knowing that a draw will take them through to a last-eight ­meeting with either World and ­European champions Spain, Italy or Croatia - and eliminate the co-hosts.

Gerrard said: "We showed a lot of character against Sweden, but the ­disappointing thing is that I felt we shouldn't have needed to. After going a goal ahead and completely controlling the first half, it wasn't good to find ­ourselves behind and having to dig deep.

"We lost concentration at two ­set-pieces and we were punished both times.

"In terms of general play I thought we were very good.

"But at this level, if you defend like we did, then you're in trouble."

Gerrard added: "If you concede from set-pieces in international football then you generally lose.

"Moving forward we have to address those mistakes."

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