Liverpool midfielder to quit international stage after World Cup.
Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard believes next summer’s World Cup in Brazil could be his last as an England player, according to the Daily Star.
The 33-year-old has been part of the England set-up since 2000, winning over 100 caps in that time and captained his country at last summer’s European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.
However, as he approaches the end of his career, he seems likely to prioritise club football over the international stage, and says he can’t see himself playing on beyond next summer.
Still, he is relishing the challenge of playing for his country until then, and says he plans to make the most of it while he still can.
“I’ve got to assume it’s my last year. I can’t assume I’m going to be here in two or three years’ time,” he said.
“I’ve got to make the most of every single game. For all I know, I might be out of the picture in a year’s time. I want to make the most of it.”
He added that he believes Arsenal youngster Jack Wilshere could be the perfect replacement for him as England captain.
“Even though he’s young, without adding pressure to Jack he’s one of the best players in the squad,” he said.
“I’m sure when he gets to my age he will be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100 cap player.”