England's Steven Gerrard announces retirement from international play

By Evan Hilbert | CBSSports.com

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Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from England's national team Monday. (Getty Images)

Former England captain Steven Gerrard announced Monday that he is retiring from international play to focus on his professional career with Liverpool.

Gerrard, 34, debuted for England in 2000 and went on to appear in 114 matches, third in the nation's history behind Peter Shilton (125) and David Beckham (115).

A portion of Gerrard's statement is below.

"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won't pull on the England shirt again.

"However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.

"I'd like to firstly thank my family and friends for all their support throughout my England journey.

"I'd also like to thank everyone who has been part of my international career, from the England Managers I've played under to the staff at The FA and, of course, all the players I've been fortunate to play alongside."

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"This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I've had to make in my career. I have agonized over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to family, friends and people close to me in the game before coming to this point."

England had a disappointing run at this year's World Cup, finishing fourth in Group D.

Gerrard is with his Liverpool teammates for a tour of the United States, which begins Wednesday when the squad faces Roma at Fenway Park.

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