Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard has revealed why he retired from international football, as relayed by Sky Sports.
Gerrard explained that he decided to hang up his international boots so he could solely focus on putting in his best efforts for the reds in the upcoming season. The midfielder's international retirement was announced not long after England's disappointing World Cup campaign in Brazil, where they failed to win any matches.
The Kop favourite explained that it was not an easy decision by any means; revealing that Liverpool manager, Brendan Rogers made certain comments that helped him confirm his decision to retire from international duty.
“To be fair to Brendan [Rodgers], when I had the chat with him, he said that if you want to carry on for England, I can tailor your Liverpool games," said Gerrard.
“When he said that, it made me go 100% with my decision because I don’t want my Liverpool games to be tailored. I still want to be available, I want to be fresh and play at a high level for Liverpool for certainly one more season."
The upcoming Premier League season will be Gerrard's 17th season for the Merseyside club and, at the age of 34, the end of the club legend's career is fast approaching.
The Reds star came so close to finally securing a Premier League title with Liverpool in the previous season but fell just short by a margin of two points. Gerrard will be keen to make a last ditch effort to try and secure the title with Liverpool, to finish off what has been a remarkable career.