Steven Gerrard not targeting David Beckham appearance record

Steven Gerrard
© PA Photos
Steven Gerrard says that it is "not important" whether he overtakes David Beckham as England's all-time outfield appearance maker ahead of winning his 100th cap against Sweden.

Steven Gerrard has claimed that he does not have an eye on David Beckham's England appearance record ahead of winning his 100th international cap.

Beckham is England's most capped outfield player, having represented the Three Lions 115 times, and sits only behind goalkeeper Peter Shilton on the all-time appearance list.

Meanwhile, Liverpool midfielder Gerrard will reach a century of caps when he captains England against Sweden on Wednesday.

However, the 32-year-old is focusing solely on 2014 World Cup qualification rather than earning the further 16 appearances that would see him surpass Beckham's total.

He said: "David's a hero of mine and he was certainly someone who I looked up to. I enjoyed a lot of my England caps playing alongside him and it's not really very important to me whether I beat David's record or not.

"My main focus is to get this team to qualify for the next big tournament."

Roy Hodgson named his starting lineup for the clash in Stockholm on Tuesday evening, confirming that Gerrard will start after shaking off a knee concern.

Steven Gerrard
Read Next:
Gerrard: "More England chapters to write"
>
Related Video
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Leicester CityLeicester25158247272053
2Tottenham HotspurSpurs25139345192648
3Arsenal25146539221748
4Manchester CityMan City25145647262147
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd25118632221041
6West Ham UnitedWest Ham2510963829939
7Southampton2510783324937
8Everton25811646341235
9Liverpool259883236-435
10Watford2596102727033
11Stoke CityStoke2596102431-733
12Crystal Palace2595112630-432
13Chelsea257993335-230
14West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2578102332-929
15Bournemouth2577112941-1228
16Swansea CitySwansea2569102433-927
17Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2566132644-1824
18Norwich CityNorwich2565142848-2023
19Sunderland2555153049-1920
20Aston Villa2537152040-2016