England captain Steve Gerrard on Monday announced that he is retiring from international competition. Gerrard made 114 appearances in 14 years representing England; he finishes as his country’s third most-capped player, one shy of David Beckham. The Liverpool captain will now become an ambassador to the Football Association.
"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," the 34-year-old said. "However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with the FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.”
Gerrard then thanked his family, the fans, and England coach Roy Hodgson before adding: "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.” He added: “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.”