Fiercely driven, super-confident, Gerrard has a magnificent all-round game and everyone with England's best interests at heart will keep their fingers crossed his fitness holds out.
Gerrard exuded controlled arrogance in England's famous 5-1 win in Munich when he taunted Liverpool team-mate Didi Hamann - more of the same will do in the World Cup.
Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
Scholes is the quiet man of the England team, but a big noise on the pitch.
He is a maker and taker of outstanding goals and has a modesty and work ethic that makes him the epitome of Sven-Goran Eriksson's favourite modern midfielder. Invaluable to England's cause.
Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich)
Bayern Munich's midfield man is industrious and versatile. Perfect for the rigours of what will hopefully be a lengthy campaign.
Nicky Butt (Manchester United)
Butt has been an unsung hero for so long, but has been an outstanding performer for Manchester United this season.
He has also become an invaluable member of the England squad who may well have a part to play with Beckham and Gerrard having suffered injuries recently.
Gerrard recently described Butt as "fantastic" - rare praise indeed to be travelling along the length of the East Lancs Road between Anfield and Old Trafford.
Joe Cole (West Ham United)
Wild card in the mould of Paul Gascoigne at Italia 90. Lavishly-gifted with the ability to turn a game. He can be a liability, as against Italy at Elland Road, but well worth the risk. If he comes off, he could be one of the World Cup's new stars.
Kieron Dyer (Newcastle United)
Earmarked for England's "problem" left flank role after flashes of brilliance between injury problems at Newcastle United.
Dyer has proved he can play on the international stage - but can he do it on the left? Whether he can or not may be the key to England's hopes.
SVEN'S OTHER OPTIONS
Not a lot.
The usual campaign for Steve McManaman has started after he scored in the Champions League semi-final for Real Madrid against Barcelona.
If McManaman is the answer, it must be a very strange question.
Liverpool's Danny Murphy has had his chance, but will probably find himself edged out.