Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson believes Steven Gerrard can help to inspire a youthful England squad at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Roy Hodgson has recently given caps to starlets like Wilfried Zaha, Raheem Sterling, Jordan Henderson, Jonjo Shelvey, Steven Caulker and Jack Butland, as the Three Lions attempt to qualify for the competition.
And Gerrard’s team-mate, for both club and country, reckons that leadership qualities the 32-year-old midfielder possesses can get the most out of a generation of English players if they reach the tournament in South America.
Johnson said: “We’ve got some fantastic individuals that are doing really well at club level at the moment, so I think we’re looking like we’ve got a very strong squad.
“For any young kid coming through, if [Gerrard] doesn’t inspire you then I don’t know what will. He leads by example.
“He’s been brilliant for club and country for many, many years. He’s the current captain and he’s flying at the moment.
“Not many people get to make the 100-cap landmark. For people to do it they have to be special, special players.
“You’ve seen it many times when Liverpool have needed a goal over the years, nine times out of ten, it’s him that pops up.”