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.

Related Video
European Championship
LIVE
Azerbaijan
0-0
Croatia
7.45pm
Czech Republic
vs
Kazakhstan
7.45pm
Netherlands
vs
Iceland
7.45pm
Turkey
vs
Latvia
7.45pm
Belgium
vs
Bosnia H'vina
7.45pm
Cyprus
vs
Wales
7.45pm
Israel
vs
Andorra
7.45pm
Bulgaria
vs
Norway
7.45pm
Italy
vs
Malta
Under-21 Friendlies
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City44001001012
2Crystal Palace43018539
3Leicester CityLeicester42208538
4Swansea CitySwansea42207438
5Manchester UnitedMan Utd42113217
6Arsenal42113307
7Liverpool421123-17
8West Ham UnitedWest Ham42029636
9Everton41215415
10Southampton41215505
11Bournemouth411256-14
12Aston Villa411245-14
13Chelsea411269-34
14Norwich CityNorwich411258-34
15West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom411236-34
16Tottenham HotspurSpurs403134-13
17Watford403124-23
18Stoke CityStoke402235-22
19Newcastle UnitedNewcastle402225-32
20Sunderland4022610-42
LIVE SCORES VIDEPRINTER
expand