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Roy Hodgson lauds captain Steven Gerrard

Roy Hodgson has paid special tribute to England captain Steven Gerrard - after his side qualified for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012.

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Steven Gerrard celebrates after beating Ukraine Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Hodgson said: "You've got to single Steven out.

"He has built up to this man of the match award in the previous two games as well, playing a captain's innings throughout."

Steven Gerrard confident England will beat Sweden

Steven Gerrard has said he is confident England will finally gain their first win over Sweden in a competitive match.

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England captain Steven Gerrard Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

England have failed to overcome the Swedes in seven previous World Cup or European Championship encounters ahead of tomorrow's Group D clash in Kiev.

But Gerrard is adamant that sequence should end, even allowing for the threat posed by Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

He said: "I would think the same level of performance against France will be good enough to beat Sweden.

"I would say so with all due respect to Sweden who are a good, strong team, but they are not France.

"I think we can be a little bit more bold and a little bit more ambitious and get at the Swedes a little bit more.

"We are confident if we reach the same level of performance, it will be enough for a victory."

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Gerrard: There are 'no divides' in England squad

Asked whether there are any divides in the England squad over the reported disagreement between John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard said:

It's false, it's false. We're united, we're together and we're all after the same thing and that's to win. We'll make sure there are no divides and we'll make sure that there are no divides because it's something that we don't need.

He was referring to rumours that Rio Ferdinand was left out of the squad due to his differences with Terry over the latter's alleged insult to Rio's brother Anton Ferdinand.

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