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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.

Steven Gerrard retires from England football team

England captain Steven Gerrard has retired from international duty, the FA has announced.

The Liverpool player captained the team 38 times and was the third most capped England player of all time, with 114 appearances in total.

The FA said he would continue to work in a "high profile ambassadorial role" with the governing body.

Steven Gerrard in action at the World Cup. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Steven Gerrard hails Liverpool 'legend' Suarez

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has issued a heartfelt message praising Luis Suarez as an "amazing talent" and a "legend" at the club.

Steven Gerrard's Instagram message about Luis Suarez. Credit: Instagram/Steven Gerrard

The England international wrote the message on his Instagram account following the news of Suarez's move to Spanish side Barcelona.

'United 20 - Gerrard 0' banner flown over Liverpool

A plane has flown over Liverpool with a banner mocking reds captain Steven Gerrard's likely failure to win a Premier League championships.

Making reference to Manchester United's 20 title wins, the banner read: 'United 20 - Gerrard 0'.

Gerrard: Man City match 'longest 90 minutes' ever played

Steven Gerrard has admitted Liverpool's 3-2 victory over bitter rivals Manchester City on the day marking the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster was "the longest 90 minutes" of his life.

Steven Gerrard celebrates with his team after their victory over Manchester City at Anfield. Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Read: Liverpool fans remember Hillsborough at Anfield

"It felt like the clock was going backwards in some parts of that game," Gerrard told Sky Sports 1.

Today's win is a giant step towards Liverpool's first league title since 1990, with the Reds to now face Norwich City.

Steven Gerrard donates £96,000 to Hillsborough fund

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has donated £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

Gerrard's 10-year-old cousin Jon Paul Gilhooley was among the 96 people who died in the 1989 disaster.

Steven Gerrard has donated £96,000 to the Hillsborough Family Support Group. Credit: PA Wire

"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."


Gerrard 'not interested' in Rio's England identity claims

England captain Steven Gerrard has hit back at Rio Ferdinand's claims that the national side has lacked an identity since Glenn Hoddle was the manager.

Answering a question from ITV News Sports Editor Steve Scott, the midfielder said: "I'm not interested in what Rio Ferdinand has to say about this group of players.

"When you play for England there's always a lot of opinions outside the group, especially in a World Cup year...but when we're inside (the group) we don't take much notice of what is said outside."

He added that he disagreed with Ferdinand's comments and felt the current England squad did have an identity.

You can watch the England v Scotland match live on ITV from 7.30pm or stream it live on the ITV football website

Gerrard: Referees need goal-line technology

England captain Steven Gerrard has repeated that he is "all for" the use of goal-line technology in football.

He said that due to "how important football has become...these big decisions, they have to be right."

"Referees need the help. It's impossible to get every single decision right."

"Hopefully when we get goal-line technology, that will eliminate one of the big decisions in the game," he added.

Steven Gerrard named England's Player of the Year

Steven Gerrard recently won his 100th cap for his country. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

England captain Steven Gerrard has been named the Senior Men's Player of the Year at tonight's inaugural FA Awards.

The Liverpool star came top with Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck in second and Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole in third.

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