LIVERPOOL full-back Glen Johnson believes Steven Gerrard will inspire England’s next generation ahead of next year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The Three Lions face the host nation in a friendly at Wembley tomorrow night and Johnson says his skipper is the perfect role model for Roy Hodgson’s youthful squad.

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 Steven 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 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 players.

“You’ve seen it many times when Liverpool have needed a goal over the years, nine times out of 10, it’s him that pops up.”

Johnson is set to earn his 45th England cap in tomorrow night’s friendly at Wembley.

“I’m happy with what I’m doing and how I’m playing at the moment,” he added. “Brazil have some fantastic players and it will be a tough game but we’ve been hard to beat lately.”