LONDON: England’s football team captain Steven Gerrard on Monday afternoon announced his international football retirement.
The 34 year old England skipper played 114 matches while holds 38 caps as a captain of the English side.
He also won the England’s player of the year award twice in 2007 and in 2012. He made the decision after spending the past month contemplating his next step following England’s disappointing World Cup performance in Brazil.
“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,” Gerrard said via the FA website.
“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.”
The midfielder thanked his family and England managers and his fans who supported him in his carrier.