Gerrard admits he considered England retirement

Steven Gerrard is on the verge of winning his 100th England cap but the Liverpool midfielder has admitted he considering retiring from the international set-up on a number of occasions, most recently after Euro 2012, to the Daily Mirror has reported.

Gerrard was part of the side beaten on penalties by Italy in the summer competition and the disappointment of the outcome brought thoughts of stepping aside to the mind of the 32-year-old, but Gerrard claims that the prospect of playing with the likes of Jack Wilshere convinced him to continue making himself available for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Since making his international bow in 2000, appearing in a pre-Euro 2000 friendly under Kevin Keegan, Gerrard has played at a number of tournaments for the national team, missing the 2002 World Cup through injury but appearing in 2006 and 2010, as well as Euro 2004. Gerrard was confirmed as England captain after John Terry had the armband withdrawn due to his racism row with Anton Ferdinand.

Gerrard said: “I’ve been honest that it has crossed my mind on a couple of occasions, but being the captain and the buzz I get for England outweighs the thoughts of knocking it on the head.

I don’t think I’ve played with Jack before. I’ve trained with him two or three times and I was really excited by him. Hopefully, on Wednesday, I might get a first go with him.

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