Gerrard: ‘Time to walk the walk’

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The Liverpool midfielder says he will definitely have something to say to motivate and instil the necessary belief in his team before they go out onto the field against the Azzuri, and the key message would be “no regrets”.

“I will say something in the dressing room, towards the end when we are ready to go out, and it will be: ‘Let’s not have any regrets,’” he said.

“All the preparation has been done. The squad that’s been picked is very bold and brave. Let’s believe we have all the energy and all the work in the legs and in the tank, so now let’s relax and let it happen.

"The key is just to not come off the pitch with any regrets and, basically, do what it takes to get that result.”

Gerrard, who is set to make his 112th appearance for England tonight, is likely to lead his team in what could be his final World Cup opening match. The 34-year-old will surge his team on in an opportunity to make his nation proud, stressing that it is “time to walk the walk” after all the preparations that they have put in leading up to the showpiece in Brazil.

“I will be proud leading this group of players out against Italy,” he said.

“ I trust them and I believe in my team-mates, but I will be even prouder if we come home from this tournament with our heads held high knowing we have gone out on to the pitch and given everything we have got for the English public back home.

"And, looking at the lads and being in and around them, I get the impression they are ready to give everything they have got. It is here now. All the distances and the miles we have covered, the heat preparation, we have done all that. There are no excuses now. It is time to walk the walk.”

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