Gerrard has vowed that his focus will be only on England during the World Cup and not on his Liverpool future after the club's disappointing season.
He goes into the finals in South Africa amid speculation about his Anfield career, just as he did four years ago at Germany 2006.
"Yes, I was distracted then. I was going back to my hotel room and driving myself mad," he admitted.
"This time round I won't make the same mistake. I guarantee everyone my focus is on doing well for England.
"I am here with England, training has started, and I think it is important to park club issues and focus on the job in hand for England.
"If people want to speculate about my future, that's up to them. I cannot control that, I can only control what I am thinking myself.
"What is important to me now is the World Cup and focusing only on the World Cup.
And Gerrard indicated that England's preparations in Austria are going according to plan.
"I am fine and training with no problems. I' m not really noticing much difference with the altitude," he continued.
"Training has been very intense, very sharp. The boys are excited and spirits are high and we need to keep that going."
As for their chances of winning the World Cup, Gerrard believes England coach Fabio Capello is creating the right environment for success.
"Fabio has been here for a couple of years so we have had time to get used to his ideas and know what he wants," added Gerrard.
"There is still a bit more time to prepare and make sure we are all ready for the tournament.
"The manager has a winning mentality and slowly he has instilled that into the players. During qualifying we played well, but we still have to improve a bit if we are to be successful at the World Cup."
England return from Austria for a friendly against Mexico at Wembley on Monday.
They will then head back to their training base at Irdning two days later before playing their final pre-World Cup friendly against Japan in nearby Graz on 30 May.
England open their World Cup campaign on 12 June against USA.
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