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Published on Jan 22, 2013
 

Gerrard eyes Beckham's England record

 
 

LONDON (AFP) - England captain Steven Gerrard is aiming to break David Beckham's international appearance record and believes winning the World Cup in Brazil next year could yet be possible for Roy Hodgson's men.

Gerrard, honoured by a Football Writers' Association tribute dinner on Sunday, won his 100th cap against Sweden in November while England are currently second in World Cup qualifying Group H, two points behind Montenegro ahead of the March double header which sees trips to makeweights San Marino and then the leaders in Podgorica.

Were England to qualify for Brazil 2014 and Gerrard remain free of injuries, the midfielder would close in on Beckham's tally of 115 caps - the most won by an England outfield player.

"My personal ambitions are to get as many caps as I can - I have got David Beckham's record in my sights, so I am going to try to beat that because he is a special player," Gerrard said.