Steven Gerrard has admitted he will have to make a decision about whether to retire from the England team and focus on Liverpool after Euro 2012.
The London Metro reports how the 31-year-old, who captained the Reds to Carling Cup final victory over Cardiff City yesterday, is favourite to take the Three Lions armband at this summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine.
However, despite an impressive return to form at Anfield, Gerrard knows that the day will come where he is forced to consider international retirement in order to prolong his club career for as long as possible.
"It's something I am going to have to sit down and think about after the Euros this summer," he told The People. "I've not spoken to anybody about it yet, nor have I made any decision about what I might I do because there are a lot of things to consider."
With 19 goals in 89 appearances for his country since making his debut back in 2000, and having already represented England in four major tournaments, Gerrard's importance cannot be underestimated.
His retirement would be a massive blow to the national set-up, though he insists that the only factor that will be taken into consideration is his overall fitness.
"I want to make this clear, when I do decide to stop playing international football it would never be because I don't want to play for my country," added Gerrard. "It would never be because of that."