Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Liverpool

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Anfield

Last Game

Liverpool 1 - 2 Man Utd

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 13:30

Barclays Prem

Britton ready for Gerrard test

Swansea midfielder Leon Britton is looking to put in a solid performance against England's 100-capped Steven Gerrard to boost his own international chances.

Last Updated: 24/11/12 at 14:11 Post Comment

Leon Britton: Looking to put in a good display against Gerrard

Leon Britton: Looking to put in a good display against Gerrard

Britton, 30, will go up against the Liverpool talisman when the Reds visit the Liberty Stadium on Sunday.

Gerrard, 32, recently became the sixth player to record a century of appearances for England in the defeat to Sweden, and remains an integral figure in the Reds' squad.

Britton has yet to lock horns with the Reds skipper in the Premier League, but his 45-minute outing in the recent Capital One Cup tie between the sides was enough to make the Swans man aware of the quality of his opponent.

He said: "He has just won his 100th England cap and is one of the greatest English players to play the game.

"It is great to be on the same pitch with him, I played against him for the first time up at Anfield for 45 minutes and in that time you saw straight way that this is a real player.

"You know that watching on the telly, but coming up against him you see just what a player he is, it is great to play against these types of player, you have got to be on top of your game.

"It's hard to say if he is the best I have faced because I only played against him for 45 minutes, but in that time could see the quality and you have to watch because if you give him time and space he'll hurt you, so it will be good challenge."

England manager Roy Hodgson recently called up seasoned Everton midfielder Leon Osman on the back of his Premier League form and Britton added: "Playing in the Premier League against top players like Gerrard, and playing well shows you can do it at this level. I think the manager has shown with Leon Osman being capped at 31 that he'll give someone an opportunity if they are 31 or 17."

Focus

Britton has been mentioned as a possible England call-up given his impressive form in a Swansea side continuing to produce attractive football under Michael Laudrup.

While he would be thrilled to represent his country, he will put thoughts of impressing Hodgson to the back of his mind.

"Has he got Sky? I don't know," said Britton. "I'm concentrating on playing well for Swansea and keeping my place in the team. Maybe I'll send him a DVD if I play all right.

"It would mean everything to play for England, it would be a dream come true.

"As a kid growing up you dream about it, you play out on the street and you're playing for England. If you ever achieved that dream it would be incredible.

"If you had one (cap) you'd want more, but if it had to be one you wouldn't find a happier man on the planet."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

terling needs to be told though that upon entering the Arsenal squad he will re-enact the final scene from Highlander where he will be thrown around a warehouse by cartoon dragons and then be a mere mortal that will only ever spend three to four weeks a season playing football and the rest on the physio's bed. There can be only one.....player available at The Emirates.

rodger's gusset
Arsenal interest in Sterling

T

he game changed in our favour when Carrick came on. We were able to play further up the pitch due to having a player who can give and go with the ball and keep possession. Yet barkley made some runs and Townsend scored a good goal but carrick's inclusion and chiellini's withdrawal made the biggest difference to the flow of the game

ricky villa
Hodgson: Barkley was brilliant

N

o, you've not silenced anyone Andros, i'm afraid. We know you can score a great goal, and it's really handy to have your direct running and willingness to shoot on the bench. But until you can do the other things expected of a winger (beat the man, put a decent cross in, stay wide etc) then you can't expect more than a regular cameo. Wonderful goal though, what a hit! No wonder Buffon wanted the shirt.

badwolf
Townsend: I've silenced critics

Footer 365

Raheem Sterling will not resume Liverpool contract talks until the summer

Raheem Sterling has confirmed that he will not resume talks over a new contract with Liverpool until the summer.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane wants to play for England U21s at European Championship says Roy Hodgson

Harry Kane wants to "finish the job" and go to the European U21 Championship this summer, according to Roy Hodgson.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila keen on new loan for Jason Denayer

Celtic manager Ronny Deila will try to persuade Jason Denayer and Manchester City to extend the centre-back's loan.

Mail Box

Is This The End Of Ex-Players As Managers?

Do massive wages and cushty TV numbers signal the end of the ex-high-profile player turned manager? Plus Liverpool fans don't actually say the 'next year' thing...

A Solution For The Premier League's 39th Game...

One morning Mailboxer solves the 39th game conundrum. Plus England were actually alright, Harry Kane is rubbish again and do Arsenal have the most embarrassing fans?

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company