Gerrard given all clear for Sweden friendly
LONDON (AFP) –
England captain Steven Gerrard is set to win his 100th cap in Wednesday’s friendly away to Sweden after being cleared to travel with the squad following a scan on a knee injury on Monday.
Gerrard suffered his injury during Liverpool’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Early indications were he would be fit to play in Stockholm and a Football Association statement confirmed his fitness to travel with the England squad.
“Steven Gerrard has been cleared to travel with the England squad to Sweden having undergone a precautionary scan on Monday afternoon,” it read.
“The England captain reported to the team hotel following Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea, and having received positive news is set to win his 100th cap against Sweden on Wednesday evening in Stockholm.”
Gerrard is now set to become only the sixth player to win 100 England caps following on from Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and David Beckham.
Chelsea and England striker Daniel Sturridge, speaking before Gerrard’s fitness to travel was confirmed, said of the Liverpool hero: “He is a great player and has been fantastic with me when I’ve been in the squad.
“If you ask any midfielder who has played against him they will say he’s a great player. For them to say he is such a great player and to be on 99 caps is a huge achievement and hopefully he will win his 100th cap on Wednesday.”