Steven Gerrard retires: The Liverpool player's best games for England

A look back on his greatest games from among his 114 caps

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Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football.

Here, we take a look at five of his most memorable matches for England.

September 2001 - Germany 1 England 5

Gerrard scored his first goal for his country (pictured above) as England came from a goal down to achieve one of their most memorable triumphs in Munich's Olympic Stadium and revive their World Cup qualification hopes. Michael Owen scored a hat-trick and there was even a rare goal for Emile Heskey.

June 2006 - England 2 Trinidad and Tobago 0

Gerrard put the agony of missing out on the 2002 finals through injury behind him by netting his first World Cup tournament goal to seal victory after Peter Crouch had netted the opener with only seven minutes remaining.

Gerrard with Crouch after scoring his first World Cup goal


March 2007 - Andorra 0 England 3

Gerrard dragged England off the floor almost single-handedly with an inspired second 45 minutes in this Euro 2008 qualifier in Barcelona, after a dismal first-half performance in which fans chanted vitriol towards manager Steve McClaren. He scored twice before David Nugent netted his only international goal.

Saving England from humiliation in Andorra


September 2009 - England 5 Croatia 1

Revenge was sweet for Gerrard and his team-mates after missing out on the Euro 2008 finals as Croatia were hammered at Wembley to secure a place at the 2010 World Cup. The Liverpool skipper and Frank Lampard shared four goals, with Wayne Rooney also on target.

Revenge against Croatia


June 2012 - England 1 France 1

A proud night for Gerrard as he led England as official captain at a major tournament for the first time. He set up the opener for Joleon Lescott with a pinpoint cross only for Samir Nasri to equalise. Gerrard went on to be named in the Euro 2012 team of the tournament.