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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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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.

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