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Is Steven Gerrard getting his excuses in early?

Maybe because they don’t have as many internationals as us, they might be fresher. We know they will be up for it – they are chasing a European place, so there is something riding on this game for them.

Whilst Stevie might be forgiven for having other things on his mind at the moment, we’ve had our fair share of key players on international duty this week. The likes of Schwarzer, Pantsil, Hughes, Kallio, Hangeland, Baird, Davies, Dempsey and Gera have all been globetrotting – and we don’t have 62 members of our squad to choose from.