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I'm embarrassed to equal Moore's record - Gerrard

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Gerrard will pull on the Three Lions for the 108th time against Germany on Tuesday © PA Photos
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Steven Gerrard has admitted he feels "slightly embarrassed" to be equalling the number of caps won by England's World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore.

Gerrard, who missed Friday's game with Chile through injury, will lead Roy Hodgson's side against Germany at Wembley on Tuesday for what will be his 108th appearance for his country.

"I am very proud and slightly embarrassed," Gerrard admitted. "We are talking about a World Cup winner and an icon - someone who is a hero to everyone in the country.

"To equal his record is a fantastic achievement. Myself and my family are very, very proud. It is quality opposition to get my 108th cap against but, for me, it is about getting the right result, and then I can look back on the game with fond memories."

Hodgson was keen to pay tribute to his skipper and the role he played as the team headed to Euro 2012.

"He has brought an enormous amount to the team over the years," Hodgson said.

"Going to the Euros, with my coming in at a late stage, relying on Steven to make certain the ideas, the philosophy and way we wanted to work was put across to the players, and he was that type of leader.

"Leaders are often people we think about as going around screaming and shouting but my idea of a leader is someone like Steven Gerrard who is strong in his opinions but basically does all his work on the field and in the dressing room with the players.

"He, and Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard as excellent deputies, have a very strong influence in that dressing room, because everyone looks up to them.

"To equal Bobby Moore's number of caps, he must be very proud, because Bobby was one of our truly iconic players of the past."

The last time England and Germany met, Joachim Low's men ran out 4-1 winners in the second round of the 2010 World Cup. But Gerrard insisted Tuesday's friendly is not about revenge.

"Tomorrow is not about putting right what went wrong over there.

"Every time you play against Germany you want to win. We want to win and to keep trying to improve. We want to build on the recent performances against Montenegro and Poland."

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