Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has officially announced his retirement from professional football.
The 36-year-old has decided to call time on his career after his LA Galaxy side were knocked out of the MLS play-offs earlier this month, losing on penalties to Colorado Rapids.
Gerrard was Liverpool’s longest-ever serving captain and made 710 appearances for his boyhood club, inspiring them to to their famous Champions League final victory over AC Milan in 2005 while also helping the Reds win the FA Cup twice (2001, 2006), the League Cup on three occasions (2001, 2003, 2012) and the UEFA Cup once (2001) during an 18-year association with the club.
At international level, Gerrard won 114 caps for England and is his country’s fourth most capped player of all time behind Peter Shilton, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.
Over a 14 year period, he played in six major tournaments and captained England at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups as well as the 2012 European Championships.
Gerrard will now take time to consider his options before deciding on his next career move, having admitted this week that he spoke to MK Dons about their vacant managerial position, but felt the role had come too soon for him.