London: England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer, England’s Football Association (FA) said on Monday.
The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000. “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,” the 34-year-old told the FA website.
Gerrard’s appearance at the World Cup in Brazil last month was the sixth time he had represented England at a major tournament, but it ended in failure as Roy Hodgson’s side went out at the group stage.
Gerrard said he was retiring from internationals in part to ensure he can keep playing to a high level with Liverpool. “I’d like to firstly thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my England journey,” Gerrard added.