Gerrard announces decision to quit England.
Former England captain Steven Gerrard is set to retire from international football, according to a breaking news exclusive from the Daily Telegraph.
The 34-year-old has released a statement outlining his decision to quit playing for his country after a long and distinguished career for the Three Lions, in which he has appeared for the side in three World Cups.
Gerrard has also served as captain of England for much of his career, but will now focus instead on his club career with Liverpool, for whom he is also the skipper.
This means the disappointing World Cup campaign of 2014 will be Gerrard’s final outing as an England player, leaving manager Roy Hodgson to ponder new options to take the captain’s armband for the future.
Gerrard made his debut for England against Ukraine on his 20th birthday back in 2000, and finishes his time with the national side just one short of David Beckham’s 115 caps, a record for an outfield player.
Youngsters such as Jack Wilshere and Ross Barkley were introduced into the England fold for this World Cup and will now be expected to make the step up to help replace Gerrard, as well as fellow veteran Frank Lampard.