Liverpool's Gerrard warns England to fix defending

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

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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