Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard has called time on his international career after a 14-years and 114-international apprearances for his country.
Gerrard was expected to continue his international career after Brazil however following a disastrous campaign for England which saw them leave the tournament without a win, the England captain has decided it is time to bring the curtain down on his career with England and focus on his responsibilities with Liverpool Football Club.
The 34-year old attacking midfielder, made his England debut against Ukraine in May 2000 and went on to captain the side on 38 occasions, winning two England player of the year awards along the way.
Despite not winning any major honours with his country, few will argue that Gerrard is one of England's greatest midfielders and on his day, was a truly world class performer.
Reaction will start pouring in as the news of his announcement filters out, with former team-mate Wayne Rooney already having taken to his Facebook page, praising the former England captain.
"Sad news to hear Stevie is retiring from international football, it has been an honour to play alongside him in an England shirt."
Gerrard retires as England's third most capped player, a mark that Rooney could very well eclipse, with the Manchester United striker currently sitting on 95 caps.
His retirement also opens the door to the possibility of Rooney taking over the captaincy role from his former team-mate, a consideration which Hodgson will without question be looking at.
One of England's best midfielders
England manager Roy Hodgson was clearly hoping Gerrard was going to continue in the role until the Euro Championships in two years time.
Hodgson said: "While I’m disappointed in the decision, I can entirely understand Steven’s situation and can have no complaints given the incredible service he has given to his country.
"I must respect his wishes due to the discussions we have had and the amount of thought and consideration he himself has given it.
"He is an incredible man and a fantastic footballer who we have all been blessed to see in an England shirt so often."
Other than continuing his career with Liverpool, Gerrard will assume an Ambassador role with the FA.
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