Brendan Rodgers expects retirement after World Cup

Steven Gerrard, Liverpool midfielder

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes that Steven Gerrard will retire from international duty after the World Cup in Brazil next summer, as reported by talkSPORT.

Gerrard is set to captain his country in the finals at the end of the season but at the age of 34, it may not just be his last major tournament but also his last game.

Gerrard is one of a number of high profile players that could end their international career after the tournament with Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole also contemplating his future.

The Liverpool legend is set to reach 115 England caps by the time he calls it a day and Rodgers believes it is perfect timing for both his player and England.

“Steven probably looks at it as though this is his last international year and after the World Cup that will be all finished and he will have lots of time to rest then,” Rodgers said.

“He and Roy have a good relationship and I’m sure if he needs that breather in these two games he will get that.”

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