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Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has admitted for the first time that he seriously thought he may be dropped by England after the national side slumped to an embarrassing 1-0 defeat in Belfast.
Gerrard is almost certain to start against Austria at the weekend but the Reds midfielder has revealed that he wasn't so sure about his place in the side in the aftermath of the last defeat. "Everyone who played against Northern Ireland will be worried about whether they're going to be picked for the next two games," he says. "I don't think many players performed in those two games and I'm no different. It was a worrying time in that dressing room after that game. It was the lowest point I've had with England. The Denmark game wasn't good either, getting beaten 4-1, but it was only a friendly. "Getting beaten by Northern Ireland in a World Cup qualifier was low and I'm still hurting from it now. We can't wait until Saturday to get it out of our system. "Do we owe the nation a performance? Yes, big time. The most important thing in the next two games is points but it would be nice to entertain as well and pay back the fans for that embarrassing defeat in Belfast. "On a personal level, the most important thing for me is to take my club form onto the international stage. My performances of late for England have been very average so I need to raise my game and try to help lift the team and get six points in the next two games. Against Northern Ireland, we had a couple of injuries and a couple of players off form, but this time we are firing on all cylinders - me included - and we are a lot sharper than last time. I feel a lot sharper, fresher and fitter and I am happy with my form."

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