On This Day: Steven Gerrard retires from England duty
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On This Day: Steven Gerrard retires from England duty

On this day in 2014, England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international football.

Over a 14-year period, Gerrard, aged 34, gained 114 caps for the Three Lions and led the team 38 times.

After Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115), he was the third most-capped England player of all time, but Wayne Rooney has since surpassed him (120).

Gerrard had led the national team to the World Cup in Brazil that summer, but they were eliminated after coming last in their group.

When making his announcement, Gerrard 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.

"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."

Gerrard earned his first cap against Ukraine in 2000 and his last against Costa Rica in a 0-0 tie at the 2014 World Cup, scoring 21 goals and appearing in six major tournaments.

He returned to Liverpool for a second season, making 41 appearances in all competitions during the 2014-15 season, before joining the LA Galaxy of Major League Soccer.

Gerrard announced his retirement in November 2016 after a 19-year playing career.

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