After 114 caps Steve Gerrard 34 of Liverpool has retired from International football.
The Liverpool midfielder said: “I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country. It’s a sad day for me.”
Gerrard won his first cap in 2000 against Ukraine in which they won 2-0, and his last cap against Costa Rica in the Brazil World Cup where they drew 0 – 0.
His first goal was against Germany in that dramatic 5-1 win.
The F.A. confirmed the news via their website this afternoon where in a statement 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.
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.”
Roy Hodgson said in response to the news: “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.”
Gerrard will continue with England in an ambassadorial role.