Gerrard: Defeats help us
CAPTAIN Steven Gerrard feels a sense of perspective can support England's hopes of making a statement at the 2014 World Cup.
The Three Lions were brought back down to earth following the euphoria surrounding last month's wins over Montenegro and Poland which secured qualification for Brazil when they suffered successive home defeats to Chile and Germany.
England will not be among the top seeds for December's World Cup draw, and so Roy Hodgson's men could find themselves facing a challenge just to progress through to the knockout stages.
However, Liverpool midfielder Gerrard – who played through the pain barrier against Germany after receiving an injection in his knee – said: "We are not one of the favourites, we know that.
"I think these results will bring people a little bit down from where they were after Poland and Montenegro, there will be a bit of realism and perspective out there. There is not too much pressure and expectation. I am sure that will help us."