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Steven Gerrard should retire from England duty - Rodgers

Gerrard to retire from England duty after 2014 World Cup? (©GettyImages)
Gerrard to retire from England duty after 2014 World Cup? (©GettyImages).

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard will retire from international football after next summer's World Cup in Brazil.

Gerrard captained England to qualification for next year's World Cup and remains a key part of Roy Hodgson's first-team plans.

The 33-year-old Reds skipper has started all 10 of Liverpool's Premier League matches so far this season and Rodgers has told Gerrard that he may have to retire from international duty if he wants to prolong his career.

Gerrard has been called up to Hodgson's squad to play both Chile and Germany - but he is expected to be used sparingly as the former Liverpool boss is keen on looking at his other options.

Rodgers, speaking to reporters, said on Gerrard's international future: "I think it’s something he will assess and look at.

"If you go to a World Cup in Brazil at 34 years of age you might not have many more championships left in you.

"Very few players do. I can think of (Javier) Zanetti and (Paolo) Maldini who have played on late but it’s rare.

"Steven is a real talisman for the group. He is a real leader for the team and everyone there.

"But, for Steven, he probably looks at it as though this is his last international year and after the World Cup that will be all finished and he will have time to rest.

"He and Roy have a good relationship and I’m sure if he needs a breather in these two games he will get it."

Despite Rodgers' advice, the former Swansea boss has stressed that Gerrard will make the final decision on his England future.

Gerrard is expected to start Liverpool's Premier League match against Fulham on Saturday, before joining up with the England squad at the start of next week.

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