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Lineker: Gerrard 'one of finest' to have graced Premier League

Former England footballer Gary Lineker has hailed Steven Gerrard as "one of the finest players" to have graced the Premier League.

The sports broadcaster said Gerrard was a "top, top player".

Carragher: Gerrard departure a 'sad day for Liverpool'

Ex-Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said Steven Gerrard's reported decision to leave Liverpool is a "sad day" for the club and English football.

The pundit added that he believed it was the "right decision".


Rodgers confirms Liverpool new contract offer to Gerrard

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that captain Steven Gerrard has been offered a contract extension by the club.

The midfielder, who was left out of the starting line-up at the weekend, has just seven months to run on his current deal. Rodgers says his skipper needs time to mull over the deal on offer, but says money is not the issue.

Steven Gerrard could stay at Liverpool. Credit: PA

"The latest is he has been offered a contract here and at this moment in time that is where it is at," said the Reds boss.

"There are probably many things Steven would have to think about in a decision like this but it certainly won't be money.

"I have spoken to him often enough and at length and that won't be the case.

"Between now and the end of the season he deserves that opportunity to have a think of where it is at but one thing is clear, I love working with Steven Gerrard."

Gerrard: I knew Rooney would be 'world class'

Speaking exclusively to ITV's Matt Smith ahead of Wayne Rooney's 100th England appearance, former skipper Steven Gerrard explains how he knew the forward would be "world class" the day they met.

Rooney had been called into the England squad aged 17 for the Euro 2004 qualifier against Turkey in April 2003.

The teenager blew his senior international team-mates away with his performance in training, which included a perfectly executed chip over David Seaman.

More than 11 years later, Rooney is now captaining his country and will become England's ninth centurion when he leads the team out against Slovenia in Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier.

Steven Gerrard may leave Liverpool in 2015

Gerrard could move on after 18 years in the Liverpool first team. Credit: PA

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will finally leave the club he joined as a seven year-old next summer if the Reds fail to offer him a new deal.

The 34 year-old made his senior debut in November 1998, and has turned down offers from the likes of Chelsea, Real Madrid and AC Milan to stay with Liverpool in the past.

Gerrard has played 678 matches for his boyhood team, but admits he will search for another club next year rather than retire if Liverpool don't offer him a contract extension.

"I’m only contracted until May, as it stands," he said.

"I’m here until the end of the season and want to make the most of it. I certainly won’t be retiring this summer. I will play beyond this season.

“We’ll have to wait and see if that’s at Liverpool or somewhere else."


Greg Dyke: 'Gerrard could not have given more'

The chairman of the FA has joined the tributes to Steven Gerrard after he announced his retirement from international football.

Greg Dyke said it was 'sad news' that Steven Gerrard had retired from England duty. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

In a statement on the FA website Greg Dyke said: "It is sad news but also gives us the opportunity to celebrate a wonderful career; Steven gave everything for England and he will be missed.

"I saw at first hand his close relationship with Roy [Hodgson], and as a captain he could not have done more for the cause."

England account tweets thanks to Steven Gerrard

The England football team's official Twitter account has been tweeting images of some of the highlights of Steven Gerrard's international career, along with the hashtag #ThankYouSteven.

Gerrard was one of England's most capped players ever, with his 114 caps only surpassed by David Beckham and goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

Roy Hodgson: Gerrard is 'an incredible man'

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."

Steven Gerrard at a press conference before the World Cup with England manager Roy Hodgson. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

He was full of praise for his skipper, calling him "an incredible man and a fantastic footballer" whose leadership would be missed.

Gerrard: 'This is one of the toughest decisions I've made'

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.

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