Roy Hodgson has expressed disappointment at Steven Gerrard's retirement from international football, but said he could have "no complaints" about the Liverpool player's record.
The England manager said Gerrard had taken his time to make the decision, saying: "I must respect his wishes due to the discussions we have had and the amount of thought and consideration he himself has given it."
He was full of praise for his skipper, calling him "an incredible man and a fantastic footballer" whose leadership would be missed.
Steven Gerrard has described his decision to retire from international football as a "sad day" and said it was "one of the toughest" calls he has made in his career.
“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," Gerrard said in a statement published on the FA's website.
He paid tribute to England's "amazing" fans, who he said "got behind the team despite the disappointing results" at the World Cup in Brazil.
Gerrard also heaped praise on England boss Roy Hodgson, saying: “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 fulfil 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," he added.
Gerrard's 10-year-old cousin Jon Paul Gilhooley was among the 96 people who died in the 1989 disaster.
"I think it’s a nice gesture and also with the connection I’ve got to Hillsborough, with my own family, it’s something I’ve wanted to do for a while. I think the timing’s right and having spoken to the club I’ve decided to do it now," Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.
The donation coincides with tonight's Merseyside derby and the 33-year-old said it was a gesture which acknowledged Everton's continued support for the campaign.
"Their show of support has been there since the tragedy happened. But alongside the gesture I am making, I and every other Liverpool fan can only thank the Evertonians for their support."