Guest Magic Posted July 21, 2014 Share Posted July 21, 2014 Perhaps not unexpected, but it has been officially confirmed today: England captain Steven Gerrard has retired from international football after winning 114 caps. Gerrard, 34, won his first cap in a 2-0 win over Ukraine in 2000 and played for the last time at the 2014 World Cup in a 0-0 draw with Costa Rica. "I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country. It's a sad day for me," the Liverpool midfielder said. Gerrard will now assume a "high profile" ambassadorial role with the Football Association. The England midfielder scored 21 times and represented his country at six major tournaments. "It was a very difficult decision to make. It's something I have been contemplating for a long time, not just since the end of the World Cup," Gerrard added. "I've had to take an awful lot of advice from people who are close to me - players that I still play with, ex-players who I played with a long time ago, managers who I played for years ago. "It's been a really tough decision, certainly one of the toughest since I turned professional at 18." England manager Roy Hodgson said: "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. "I must respect his wishes due to the discussions we have had and the amount of thought and consideration he himself has given it." Gerrard will continue his club career with Liverpool, with whom he made his debut in 1998 against Blackburn Rovers. He has played at Anfield his entire career - winning the Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup. So. Good thing for England? Bad thing? And more importantly as he was captain, who replaces him as skipper? I think its the right time. At 34, time to move on towards the younger generation and I honestly believe keeping him around would halt progress. He's not the player he was and I would rather (if I was an England manager) look to bed in young players over the next two years for the Euros. Tough question on who takes the armband though. I wouldn't give it to Rooney, although I suspect Roy probably will. I have no doubt the media will be clamouring for Rooney to take over. There's not a lot of choice though. I think I would genuinely pick Joe Hart, which is a tad worrying. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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