England captain Gerrard to miss Brazil friendly

Steven Gerrard will not play in England’s showpiece friendly against Brazil as the Liverpool and Three Lions captain has been advised to have shoulder surgery once the Premier League season is over, the Daily Mail has reported. Gerrard will also miss the match against the Republic of Ireland.

Gerrard is said to have been bothered by a shoulder injury for some time but will play through the rest of the league campaign before undergoing the operation and taking the summer to recover.

England manager Roy Hodgson had previously confirmed he would select his strongest squad for the international double-header, with Gerrard expected to have been a part of it. The Mail adds that Hodgson is reluctant to call up new faces to the party to travel to Brazil if they are unlikely to feature in the World Cup next summer, should England qualify, and Gerrard, as the captain and 102-times capped midfielder, would be an integral part of Hodgson’s side.

But Gerrard is equally important to Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and has started all 34 of the Reds’ league games this season, leading to the delay of his surgery until after Liverpool play Queens Park Rangers on May 19.

Gerrard is also scheduled to receive a testimonial for his service to Liverpool, with Olympiakos the opposition for the match at Anfield on August 3, but it is not yet known if Gerrard would be fit to play following his shoulder surgery.

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