Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard set to miss England friendlies this summer

Midfielder will not play again this season

The England captain, Steven Gerrard, is almost certain to miss the team's two upcoming friendlies due to an operation on his left shoulder later this week which will rule him out for the rest of the season.

England are due to play the Republic of Ireland at Wembley on 29 May and Brazil at the refurbished Maracana on 2 June.

Gerrard will definitely be unavailable for Liverpool's trip to Fulham on Sunday before they host Queen's Park Rangers on the final day of the season.

The 32-year-old midfielder is expected to return in time for his club's pre-season programme.