Steven Gerrard stands down from England international duty
Gerrard admits it was a difficult decision to stand down but feels it’s the right time to retire
July 21st, 2014
Steven Gerrard’s international career has come to an abrupt end, with the 34-year-old calling time on a stint which has seen the Liverpool midfielder earn 114 caps over a period of 14 years.
Gerrard scored his first England goal against Germany in that famous 5-1 victory, having been ever-present in the Three Lions side when fit although the player has clearly made a decision to call time on international duty in order to continue with Liverpool.
Explaining the decision, Gerrard told the official Liverpool FC website: “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.
“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 like to firstly thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my England journey. I’d also like to thank everyone who has been part of my international career, from the England managers I’ve played under to the staff at the FA and, of course, all the players I’ve been fortunate to play alongside.
“In particular, the supporters have been amazing, not least in Brazil when they got behind the team despite the disappointing results.
“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.”