England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from International duty.
The 34-year-old earned 114 caps playing for the three Lions over a 14-year period.
His last three caps came at this summer’s World Cup where England suffered a disastrous campaign and were eliminated from the group stage for the first time since 1958.
But the player insists his decision to hang up his England boots was for other reasons.
He said: “I’ve made my decision on my age, on my body, on being fair to Liverpool Football Club; being respectful to them especially with having the Champions League back, that was a huge factor. To ask my body now, the way it is, and what it’s been through to play international football and domestic football was too much of an ask.”
Gerrard, who is England’s third most-capped player behind Peter Shilton and David Beckham, will now concentrate all his efforts on Liverpool, who return to Champions League football for the first time since the 2009/2010 campaign.