Gerrard hints at England exclusion after World Cup 2014

Steven Gerrard has suggested that he could be approaching his final year as an England player, Sky Sports has reported, as the national team captain said he cannot assume he will still be part of the squad after the World Cup next year.

Gerrard made his international bow in a pre-Euro 2000 friendly against Ukraine and has gone on to win more than 100 caps, captaining his country on a regular basis. Gerrard was appointed as the full-time skipper by Roy Hodgson prior to Euro 2012, having previously been a vice captain or stand-in captain in case of injury, suspension or non-selection of the regular armband wearer.

And the 33-year-old does not expect to play at another tournament for England, saying that any international competitions over the next few years will likely prove beyond him. “I’ve got to assume it’s my last year. I can’t assume I’m going to be here in two or three years’ time,” Gerrard told a press conference held before England host Scotland on Wednesday.

I’ve got to make the most of every single game,” Gerrard added. “For all I know, I might be out of the picture in a year’s time. I want to make the most of it.

As well as topping 100 England appearances, Gerrard has played more than 600 games for Liverpool since debuting in the 1998/99 season, winning two FA Cups, three League Cups and the Champions League, among other trophies.

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