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Liverpool skipper Gerrard planning to push on from opening England game

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard is planning to push on from England's opening World Cup draw with the USA.

The England captain says that the first match was a decent performance despite only coming away with a point but now it is time to really shake things up and produce positive results, starting with Algeria in Cape Town on Friday.

"It's always important when you go into a big tournament to put in a big performance first of all. And to get a goal is an extra bonus," he said.

"It helps you to settle and takes some of the pressure off. So it was an encouraging start to the tournament, but I need to continue that now to the end.

"We've prepared really well for this game, the lads have been really sharp in training and I feel we're ready to put in a good performance.

"We were pleased with the majority of our first performance. It's always difficult the first game, a lot of tension and pressure, but preparations for this game have gone well. Hopefully we'll be strong and get a convincing win.

"We wanted to get the three points from the first game and were disappointed to get just one, but now we have to push on.

"The dangerous thing now is to underestimate Algeria and think it's an automatic three points, which it's not going to be."

Andrew Slevison
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