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Gerrard: Rivals should fear England

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says that he believes England's World Cup rivals should fear meeting Fabio Capello's side in the finals in South Africa.

Having been named among the top seeds for Friday's draw, England are in a good position to progress from their group stage and Gerrard thinks it is now time for the other sides in the competition to respect the Three Lions.

"It can only be to our advantage being seeded. I don't think we can be afraid of anyone," Gerrard told Talksport. "We'll certainly respect anyone we come up against but, for me, I think it's time other teams started fearing us.

"We're going there full of confidence, we are a very good team. We've still got a lot to learn but, the way we're playing, we're a match for most teams.

"I feel my England performances have improved under Capello because I'm going out there without the fear. He's got the team playing without fear, without that weight of expectation upon our shoulders."

Brazil and Spain, who have beaten England in friendly encounters this year, are favourites for the World Cup crown, but Gerrard is optimistic they can upset the pair if they meet again in South Africa.

"Brazil and Spain have beaten us this year," added Gerrard. "But in those games there's not been much in it. In a one-off game I'm confident we can turn those teams over."

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