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Is a title challenge possible for Man Utd?

Manchester United
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By ESPN Staff

Capello can end barren run, says Gerrard

Steven Gerrard has admitted time is running out for him to win a trophy with England - but he is optimistic new coach Fabio Capello can help him achieve that ambition.

The Liverpool midfielder, currently preparing for Capello's first game in charge against Switzerland tomorrow night, is as frustrated as anyone that the so called `golden generation' have not delivered the goods.

And the hurt of failing to qualifying for Euro 2008 will intensify for Gerrard when he watches the tournament during the summer.

But the 27-year-old is hopeful Capello can finally help him and the remainder of the squad to live up to the expectations of the nation.

He said: 'I feel the need to win something. I'm 28 in the summer and you would think the chances of being in a successful England team are running out.

'I've played in good teams but, in the end, teams that have been knocked out in the last eight of tournaments, or most recently failed to qualify for one.

'I want to make the most of it over the next four to six years so I can look back over my England career and think, `I played in a successful team'.

'We will have to wait and see what the future brings in terms of results but there is certainly a big excitement in the squad that the new manager has been put in charge of.

'He has got a wonderful CV and, wherever he has been, he has been successful. England have got one of the best managers in the world.

'As a player, you think, `can he make these good players we have got into a successful winning team?' - and I am confident that can happen.

'The players with ability are there and hopefully the manager can make us difficult to beat, exciting going forward and bring some successful results to the table.'

Gerrard admits he was quickly impressed by Capello, who communicated with the squad in English at a team meeting and at their first training session.

He said: 'Fabio has the aura all top managers have. When he walks in the room, he has got an aura about him and those are the type of managers you want to play for.

'When you look someone in the eye at a team meeting, you get a feel for someone straight away.

'I think about the third, fourth and fifth words which came out of his mouth were `winning football matches' so he let us know early doors what he wanted from us.

'I wouldn't say you have to intimidate the players but I think as a manager you have to get their respect and let them know who is the boss and what he says goes - and we as players have to adapt to that.'

Shaun Wright-Phillips missed England training last night but could still be available tomorrow.

The Chelsea midfielder was rested as a precaution while the rest of the squad trained at Wembley and medical staff were set to assess his fitness today before making a decision.

A Football Association spokesman confirmed: 'Shaun Wright-Phillips did not train at Wembley.

'He was rested as a precaution and will be assessed.

'But the problem is not thought to be serious.'