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Steven Gerrard to retire after World Cup

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Steven Gerrard will retire from international football after the World Cup, according to the Daily Star.

The England skipper is five caps away from breaking David Beckham's record which would make the midfielder the country's most capped outfield player.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has also stated that a decision would have to be made about his captain's international future before the start of next season.

As the moment this is just speculation but one possible reason for hanging up his international boots is to focus on his club career after Liverpool's qualification to the Champions League.

It will be a hectic schedule for the 34-year-old, which he would also have to balance with international commitments. If he decides to continue as the England captain, he will be 36 at the next tournament, but this is not impossible if he continues to play in his new role just in front of the defence.

As Ryan Giggs demonstrated, by looking after your body correctly it can be possible to continue playing into your forties, although the Welshman stopped playing international football in 2007.

If this is to be the skipper's final tournament, he has been one of the best servants for the national side after making his debut in 2000. He does admit that he will be frustrated that he has not gone past the quarter final stage with England.

This will mean he will have one opportunity to rectify this in Brazil to end his international career on a high.

Speaking to the Star he said: "Going out in the last-eight of tournaments is a frustration. The players that we have had over the years, we should have achieved more. But for me there is probably one final chance and that is in Brazil. So hopefully we can change it and finish my England career on a good note."

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