Monday, July 21, 2014

England Captain Gerrad announces international retirement.

England's captain Steven Gerrad has announced his international retirement after making 114 appearances in his 14 year career. The 34-year-old who captained the national side in the 2014 World Cup which they crashed out after two matches admits that his decision to leave the national team is a “a very difficult decision” 

Speaking in an interview with FATV the Liverpool midfielder and captain  said: “This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I've had to make in my career. I have agonized 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, his manager at Liverpool) 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 FC I believe this is the right decision, and having Champions League football back at Anfield is another big factor in my decision

Gerrad made his debut appearance in 2000 in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley and went on to play in 6 major tournaments for England scoring 21 goals over the course of his career. He has captained the national team 38 time and he retired as the third most capped England player of all time behind Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115).

Appreciation: “I'd like to firstly thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my England journey. I'd also like to thank everyone who has been part of my international career, from the England mangers 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.”

He also added: “ 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 fulfill my childhood dream. He has been very understanding over the past few weeks and is a man I will always hold in the highest regard”

Source: FIFA.COM