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Gerrard announces retirement from England football

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.

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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.

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