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MAIL – Steven Gerrard was one of the greats, but not for England… and the honest captain himself would even agree

MARTIN SAMUEL: Steven Gerrard made 114 appearances for England. By his own, brutal, reckoning, there were not enough good ones. On the occasion of his hundredth cap, Gerrard put the figure at no more than six or seven great games. He winced as he said it, that pained expression so familiar to those who have followed his career as an international footballer.

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GUARDIAN – Steven Gerrards England retirement provokes appreciation and regret | Andy Hunter

The national team will miss him after 14 dutiful years and 114 caps but he often failed to live up to his Liverpool billingAs a young boy Steven Gerrard wore an England shirt with Paul Gascoignes name emblazoned on the back and imagined it was the winning goal in the World Cup final when scoring between two bins on the streets of Huyton. His daydreams would evolve into 114 England caps only two men have won more yet his retirement from international football is cause for appreciation and regret. No playerencapsulates the torment of Englands recent history more than the departing captain.The news that Gerrard has called it a day with England, after 14 dutiful years, was widely expected. Brendan Rodgers, who as Liverpool manager has most to gain from the 34-year-olds decision with Champions League back on the agenda at Anfield next season, predicted it would happen nine months ago. The manner of Englands embarrassing exit from Brazil under Roy Hodgson, and Gerrards part in the Luis Surez double that pointed the way home from the World Cup, made retirement almost an inevitability but it took almost four weeks for the midfielder to announce the end following the teams elimination. England obsessed me from my earliest days, states Gerrard in his autobiography, and the decision to call time on international football was not taken lightly. Continue reading…

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