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After 14 years and 114 caps, Steven Gerrard retires from England duty

The Liverpool captain says he made the decision as he wants to concentrate on club football.

Gerrard captained England at the World Cup this summer.
Gerrard captained England at the World Cup this summer.
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ENGLAND CAPTAIN STEVEN Gerrard has retired from international football.

The 34-year-old midfielder is capped 114 times at senior level for the Three Lions – scoring 21 goals and appearing at six major tournaments since his debut against Ukraine back in 2000.

However, after skippering England to a disappointing early exit from the World Cup in Brazil this summer, the Liverpool veteran has called time on his 14-year international career.

“I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again,” Gerrard told the FA.

“However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.

“I’d like to firstly thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my England journey.

“I’d also like to thank everyone who has been part of my international career, from the England managers I’ve played under to the staff at The FA and, of course, all the players I’ve been fortunate to play alongside.

“In particular, the supporters have been amazing, not least in Brazil when they got behind the team despite the disappointing results.

“I’d especially like to thank Roy [Hodgson], firstly for giving me the captaincy permanently when he took the job, making me the proudest man in the country and allowing me to fulfil my childhood dream.

“He has been very understanding over the past few weeks and is a man I will always hold in the highest regard.

This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to family, friends and people close to me in the game before coming to this point.

“Most importantly, Brendan [Rodgers] has been fantastic and obviously I have to look after my body as much as possible to ensure I can give everything when I take to the field.

“To ensure I can keep playing to a high level and giving everything to Liverpool Football Club I believe this is the right decision, and having Champions League football back at Anfield is another big factor in my decision.”

Watch Gerrard announce his decision below:

Source: FA TV/YouTube

 

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