Steven Gerrard retires from international football
England captain ‘agonised’ over decision since returning from World Cup
Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.
England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his international retirement after making 114 appearances in a career spanning 14 years.
The 34-year-old, who led the national side in this summer’s World Cup which saw them exit the tournament after just two matches, said he had “agnonised” over the decision since returning from Brazil.
“This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career,” he told FATV.
“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, his manager at Liverpool) 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.”