Earlier this week, the news broke that Steven Gerrard has retired from international football. There is no doubt that England will miss his determination, passion and class in the Three Lions shirt.
Time and time again Gerrard has grabbed England by the scruff of the neck and pulled them through to international tournaments, something clearly shown when he scored the goal against Poland that sent them to the 2014 World Cup.
I only have admiration for Gerrard, who played for England in six major tournaments and never gave anything but 100%. Gerrard is a player that will be looked up to for years to come, even at the age of 34 he still shows the class and genius that he did last season when he came in touching distance of the Premier League title.
Looking back at his career in an England shirt, it was up and down, with Gerrard never winning anything with the Three Lions but still never giving up.
That moment in Munich when he struck a beautiful half-volley into the bottom left-hand corner of Oliver Kahn's net during a 5-1 rout of Germany he instantly became an England hero. His genius was further displayed that night when he played a inch-perfect ball through to Michael Owen for him to complete his hat-trick.
His 114 caps and 21 goals for England is a record that any player would dream of achieving for their country. Liverpool and England teammate Jordan Henderson agreed that Gerrard is: "probably the best player this country has ever seen - not only as a player, but also a leader and a captain".
Gerrard should be praised as one of the true greats that represented the Three Lions and will be remembered as an England legend.
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