Steven Gerrard announces retirement: England captain retires from international football after World Cup failure

Gerrard brings the curtain down on an international career that saw him amass 114 caps for the Three Lions

Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football following the dismal World Cup campaign in Brazil that saw England knocked out at the group stages in their worst ever performance in the prestigious tournament.

The FA confirmed the news via their website, with Gerrard bringing the curtain down on an international career that saw him amass 114 caps and 21 goals for the Three Lions.

In a statement released on the FA’s website, Gerrard said: Gerrard said: “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.

“However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.

 

“I’d like to firstly thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my England journey.

Video: Gerrard talks  about his retirement

"I'd also like to thank everyone who has been part of my international career, from the England Managers I've played under to the staff at The FA and, of course, all the players I’ve been fortunate to play alongside.

 

“In particular, the supporters have been amazing, not least in Brazil when they got behind the team despite the disappointing results.”

Gerrard reserved special praise for current manager Roy Hodgson, who elected to hand the captain’s armband to the Liverpool skipper on a permanent basis when he took the job back in 2012.

“I’d especially like to thank Roy [Hodgson], firstly for giving me the captaincy permanently when he took the job, making me the proudest man in the country and allowing me to fulfil my childhood dream,” added Gerrard.

“He has been very understanding over the past few weeks and is a man I will always hold in the highest regard.

Video: Gerrard talks about World Cup

“This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I’ve had to make in my career. I have agonised 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.

“Most importantly, Brendan [Rodgers] has been fantastic and obviously I have to look after my body as much as possible to ensure I can give everything when I take to the field.

“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.”

Read more: Gerrard admits England were naive in defeat
Gerrard admits 'emotional day' after Suarez leaves Liverpool
The major challenges Roy Hodgson faces

Hodgson admitted that he was “disappointed” to see Gerrard end his England career, but recognised that he can have no qualms about the decision given the service the 34-year-old has put in to wearing the Three Lions shirt since his debut in 2000.

“While I’m disappointed in the decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the incredible service he has given to his country,” said Hodgson, who will continue as manager of England in their attempt to qualify for the 2016 European Championship.

“I must respect his wishes due to the discussions we have had and the amount of thought and consideration he himself has given it.

“He is an incredible man and a fantastic footballer who we have all been blessed to see in an England shirt so often. It is never by coincidence that people reach such a staggering figure as 114 caps, it is a mark of his wonderful talent allied to a huge drive and determination to live up to the highest standard.

Gerrad was full of praise for his manager Hodgson, who was equally as generous when speaking about the midfielder Gerrad was full of praise for his manager Hodgson, who was equally as generous when speaking about the midfielder “He is not only a player to bring crowds to their feet with moments of brilliance; he was a tremendous captain and an exceptional role model for everyone who was fortunate to come into contact with him. We shall miss his leadership qualities as we look ahead to the qualification campaign with a youthful group of players.

“I wish him all the best in the future, although I know I can count on his continued support and influence as a helpful presence moving forward.”

FA Chairman Greg Dyke was another who added his praise for Gerrard, commenting: “It is sad news but also gives us the opportunity to celebrate a wonderful career; Steven gave everything for England and he will be missed.

“I saw at first hand his close relationship with Roy, and as a captain he could not have done more for the cause.”

Gerrard's former team-mate Luis Suarez scored twice to eliminate England from the World Cup Gerrard's former team-mate Luis Suarez scored twice to eliminate England from the World Cup The announcement will spark debate over who should take on the armband in Gerrard’s absence. While Frank Lampard would be one choice, the midfielder looks set to call it a day as well for the international team, given he has struggled to feature in the starting XI recently and is expected to complete a move to MLS side New York City FC in the coming days.

That would leave Wayne Rooney as the obvious choice, with the striker quickly closing in on 100 caps despite being only 28 years of age. The Manchester United forward could face being overlooked by his new club manager Louis van Gaal for the captaincy at Old Trafford given that Robin van Persie is currently the favourite to take on the role, but he has been tipped to take on the international captaincy at some point in his career.

With Rooney currently the bookmakers favourite, Joe Hart is also an option open to Hodgson given that the Manchester City star is a regular starter for his country. Gary Cahill and Jack Wilshere are also in the running, according to the bookies.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory
Ashes 2015: Alastair Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Cook not the only one to be caught in The Oval mindwarp

Aussie skipper Michael Clarke was lured into believing that what we witnessed at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge would continue in London, says Kevin Garside
Can Rafael Benitez get the best out of Gareth Bale at Real Madrid?

Can Benitez get the best out of Bale?

Back at the club he watched as a boy, the pressure is on Benitez to find a winning blend from Real's multiple talents. As La Liga begins, Pete Jenson asks if it will be enough to stop Barcelona
Athletics World Championships 2015: Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katarina Johnson-Thompson heptathlon rivalry

Beijing witnesses new stage in the Jess and Kat rivalry

The last time the two British heptathletes competed, Ennis-Hill was on the way to Olympic gold and Johnson-Thompson was just a promising teenager. But a lot has happened in the following three years
Jeremy Corbyn: Joining a shrewd operator desperate for power as he visits the North East

Jeremy Corbyn interview: A shrewd operator desperate for power

His radical anti-austerity agenda has caught the imagination of the left and politically disaffected and set a staid Labour leadership election alight
Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief: Defender of ancient city's past was killed for protecting its future

Isis executes Palmyra antiquities chief

Robert Fisk on the defender of the ancient city's past who was killed for protecting its future