Liverpool star retires from England duty

Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from International football.

The 34-year-old Liverpool legend has called time on his England career after winning 114 caps and scoring 21 goals since his debut against Ukraine in 2000.

Gerrard’s 14 years as an England regular means he is the third most capped player in the country’s history, behind only David Beckham (115) and Peter Shilton (125).

He said in an official statement: “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.

“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.”

Gerrard will no assume a high-profile ambassadorial role with the Football Association, which he admits is something he is looking forward to being a part of.

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

During his international career, England never lost a game in which Gerrard scored.


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