Steven Gerrard retires from the England National Team
After 14 years playing at the highest level for the English National Team, Steven Gerrard has announced earlier this week that he has decided to retire from international football and dedicate his last fooballer’s years to his club, Liverpool. The 34-year old attacking midfielder leaves his National Team after going through another disappointing campaign in the 2014 FIFA World Cup and where he has led his teammates as his nation’s captain.
Since 2000 until England‘s last game in the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Uruguay, Steven Gerrard made 114 appearances with the “Three Lions” shirt and has scored a total of 21 goals in that period of time.
Steven Gerrard: “This has been an extremely difficult decision I had to take, probably one of the hardest I’ve ever had in my career. I’ve been thinking about this ever since our World Cup participation came to an end and I discussed it thoroughly with my family and closest ones. Retiring now was the only way I had to ensure I would still play at the highest level for my club Liverpool in the few years I have left and especially at this time that we got Champions League football back at Anfield“, stated the Reds‘ captain.
However, Gerrard might not be the only heavyweight in England‘s midfield to retire this year. Former Chelsea‘s legend Frank Lampard is also said to be thinking about taking the same course. The 36-year old player has recently moved from London to head to the United States and represent a newly-formed club called New York City FC.