London, England, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – After 14 years, Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international duty for England, the Football Association said.
“This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonized 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 told the FA’s official website.
“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,” he added, who made his debut in 2000 in a 2-0 win over Ukraine.
“While I’m disappointed in the decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the incredible service he has given to his country,” England boss Roy Hodgson said.
Liverpool captain Gerrard made 114 appearances for England, and he skippered the country at the recent 2014 World Cup.
However, the Three Lions finished at the bottom of Group D, failing to win a game, as the 34-year-old Gerrard struggled for form.
Gerrard said part of his decision was to ensure that he keeps 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,” he said.
Gerrard captained England side 38 times and is the third-most capped England player of all time behind Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115).