Steven Gerrard has revealed that he will not rush into a decision regarding his future in the England squad.

The Liverpool talisman has been expected to retire from international football when the Three Lions’ World Cup campaign officially ends, with prolonging his club career now a priority following turning 34.

Gerrard featured heavily for the Reds last term as they came close to Premier League glory, but with more games due to Champions League involvement at Anfield and miles racking up on the clock, the veteran star is understood to be aware that something may have to give.

But when talking to BBC Sport, the Merseyside-born midfield general suggested that his mind is some way from being made up just yet:

“There is no truth I’ll be making any announcement on my England future in the next week. I need more time than that.

“I’m still hurting and I’m still broken from the last couple of weeks.”

“I don’t know what the plans are going forward. I do agree with what the manager has said that the talent is in the group.

“The talent is there. At the moment, it is very difficult for myself, the players, to find a lot of positives.

“When you look at the bigger picture, things can change very quickly in football.”

The Magic Sponge