Gerrard hangs up England boots
21 July 2014, 19:42
London - England captain Steven Gerrard has officially announced his retirement from international football to focus on his Liverpool career.
The 34-year-old has made 114 appearances for the Three Lions over a 14-year period, played in six major tournaments and skippered the side 38 times.
Gerrard, who is the third most capped player behind Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115), will take up a 'high profile ambassadorial role' with the English FA.
"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," he told the FA website.
"However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.
"I'd especially like to thank Roy [Hodgson], firstly for giving me the captaincy permanently when he took the job, making me the proudest man in the country and allowing me to fulfil my childhood dream.
"He has been very understanding over the past few weeks and is a man I will always hold in the highest regard.
"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.
"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.
"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."