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Steven Gerrard's knee scan OK

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England captain Steven Gerrard will win his 100th cap on Wednesday after a scan confirmed he suffered no knee ligament damage during Liverpool's Premier League draw with Chelsea on Sunday.

Gerrard suffered a knock late in the 1-1 draw and, after reporting for duty in Manchester on Monday, was sent for a precautionary scan by the Football Association.

The scan revealed there was no damage, meaning Gerrard will lead his country into their friendly against Sweden in Stockholm, where he will become only the sixth Englishman to reach a century of caps.

"Steven Gerrard has been cleared to travel with the England squad to Sweden having undergone a precautionary scan on Monday afternoon," an FA statement read.

Gerrard said Tuesday that beating David Beckham's record of 115 caps is not in his thoughts.

"I try to be the driving force, get assists and goals and lead by example," he told the BBC. "I don't feel my England career is coming to an end. David's a hero of mine and it is not important if I beat his record, it is just qualifying for the next major tournament."

Playing time will allow the 32-year-old to join Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright in the pantheon of great players to win 100 caps for England.

England teammate Leon Osman said it will be a "fantastic" honor for Gerrard to join that select group.

"It is fantastic to get to 100 caps," the Everton midfielder said. "There is only a select band that has managed to do it and Steven deserves to be in that crew. He is a fantastic player and a leader of men."

Until they met up in Manchester earlier Monday, Osman's assessment of Gerrard's qualities has come exclusively from being on the opposing team.

Daniel Sturridge, in contrast, has benefited from being in the same camps as Gerrard and has profited personally from his vast experience.

"Steven has been fantastic with me when he has been involved in the squads," said the Chelsea forward.

"If you ask any midfielder he has played against, they will say he is a great player. Some of the best players who have ever been have said it," he said.

Presuming Gerrard will start and Jack Wilshere will be involved for at least part of the game, Osman is battling against Tom Cleverley and Tom Huddlestone, one of three players called up late Sunday night.

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha was another, with Osman acknowledging the 20-year-old has made a significant impression already.

"We have all been hearing about how well Zaha has been playing in the Championship for a year or so," said Osman. "He has certainly been on everyone's radar. He trained this morning, was direct and skilful and was committing people. He looks the real deal."

Information from Press Association was used in this report.




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