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Stevie G's Eng regrets

Steven Gerrard has seen all the highs and lows that have befallen England over the last decade, including three penalty shoot-out defeats in major tournaments.

But something is keeping him going as he earns his 100th cap by captaining his country in a friendly against Sweden in Stockholm on Wednesday.

The Liverpool midfielder has been one of the symbols of English football for as long as many young fans can remember.

But earning a century of caps for England puts him in an exclusive club that includes only Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and Billy Wright.

Gerrard, who rates his England career as 'six or seven out of 10' in comparison to the greats of the past, names a 5-1 victory over Germany in 2001, in which he scored his first ever international goal, as the most memorable of his career so far.

But even that memory is tinged with regret because he was injured for the finals in Japan, where England lost in the quarterfinals to Brazil.

"I'd probably say that was the strongest England team I have played in," he said. "I think we had a great balance of young and experienced players.

"That team should certainly have got to a semifinal. It is certainly a regret now."

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