Steven Gerrard says England will respond to the pain of their World Cup heartbreak.

Gerrard pulled no punches on his return from Germany as he criticised England's attitude. He claimed they were over-hyped and over-confident but expects the future to be different.

Gerrard said: "What I've noticed from everyone still here from the World Cup is that everyone wants to use that experience to drive us on in the future.

"You could see in the performance against Greece a team that is still desperate to prove itself at this level.

"The squad are excited.

It's a fresh start for everyone. The manager has told us that in a meeting."

Steve McClaren's new era started in style with a 4-0 win in a friendly against Greece earlier this month. All the goals were scored in the first half as the players took out their frustrations on the shell-shocked European champions.

Minnows Andorra, ranked 132nd in the world, are next in line and England fans will expect more goals at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Gerrard said: "The most important thing is to qualify for the finals but I think the fans have been frustrated with the performances and we want to try to win with style, play with freedom and relax.

"There is always going to be a great amount of pressure on this team because of the quality of players in the squad."

McClaren took his play-ers to a comedy club in Manchester on Tuesday to help them bond. Gerrard said: "It got us giggling and got us together, the manager wants to create a club atmosphere around the place."

The Liverpool captain was overlooked by McClaren for the captaincy. John Terry will lead the team but Gerrard is vice-captain.

He remains a crucial figure and was moved on to the right of midfield against Greece in a bid to maximise his attacking threat.

Gerrard said: "I enjoyed the role. It was similar to the role Rafa Benitez asked me to play for a couple of years at Liverpool.

"The gaffer has told me he's going to ask me to play different roles and different formations, so I'll be ready for them as well."

McClaren will encourage Gerrard to forge inside from the right flank and collect knock-downs from club-mate Peter Crouch, who took his England tally to eight in 12 matches with a double against the Greeks.

Gerrard said: "He's a player I appreciate playing with. He has to deal with some difficult balls played up to him and he does a fantastic job holding the ball up and bringing other players into play.

"I got a lot of my goals last year off Peter's play. He's had criticism at club level and international level and he's proving everyone wrong. It's great to see. He's a good mate of mine and long may it continue for him."