23 Jul 2014

Gerrard quits international football

4:10 pm on 23 July 2014

The England captain Steven Gerrard has retired from international football after becoming a pillar of the team in 114 appearances, but making way after the country's disastrous World Cup campaign.

English footballer Steven Gerrard.

English footballer Steven Gerrard. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Gerrard led England at the World Cup where they bowed out in the group stage.

The 34-year-old Liverpool midfielder says he's "agonised" over the decision since returning from Brazil, but his decision is not because of their World Cup result.

Gerrard has been hailed as one of the best midfielders to come out of England.

The first of his 21 international goals came in a famous 5-1 victory over Germany in a World Cup qualifier in September, 2001.

Gerrard, who made his international debut against Ukraine in 2000, trails just Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115) on England's all-time caps list.

He appeared at three World Cup finals as well as three European Championships.

Gerrard captained England on 38 occasions, notably at both the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, as well as Euro 2012.