Steven Gerrard tips Wayne Rooney to take Champions League failure out on Kazakhstan

02 Jun 2009. Daily Telegraph

By John Ley

Steven Gerrard has said that Wayne Rooney will take Manchester United’s Champions League failure out on the unsuspecting players of Kazakhstan and Andorra.

Kazakhstan v England

Kick-off: Sat June 6, 4pm (BST), Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan

TV: Setanta Sports 1, Setanta Ireland

England face the two underdogs, on Saturday and next Wednesday respectively, knowing that successive victories to take Fabio Capello’s men within one more win of guaranteed qualification for next year’s World Cup finals.

And Rooney, who suffered with his team-mates as United lost 2-0 to Barcelona in last week’s Champion League final in Rome, will be keen to put that disappointment behind him.

“Wayne is a fantastic player and I think if you give a player like him freedom he is going to cause the opposition many problems, he is such a talent,” said Gerrard.

“Wayne has come off the back of a Champions League defeat I am sure he is still hurting and will take it out on the next opposition.”

And Gerrard believes England will be determined to out their qualifying programme to bed as soon as possible, adding: “We want the job done as soon as possible, and with all due respect to Kazakhstan and Andorra, these are games we should win.

“So we need to approach them with the right attitude and get the job done and if we win these two games we will be three points away from qualification with three games to play and that puts us basically in the driving seat.

“It can be difficult if you think negatively or you think you are tired, if you are thinking about the end of the season – but for me there are still two big games to play to get seven wins out of seven and put ourselves into a fantastic position to qualify.

“The majority of the time when England play these type of teams we are expected to win very comfortably but these teams can be very organised and difficult to beat and everyone wants to beat England. That’s the unfortunate position we are in. Because we have one of the best leagues in the world and a lot of our players are big names throughout the world, everyone wants to beat us.”