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Steven Gerrard retires from England duty Watch

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    Stevie G is no more - has he made the right decision and is it the right time to bow out?

    Will he be remembered fondly or will his career be looked back upon as one of failure?

    On the plus side, it gives free rein for youngsters like Ross Barkley to fill his shoes.

    Here's a reminder of some of his best bits:

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    Time to move on Stevie Me
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    Don't like this obsession with having to announce your retirement from playing international football. Should purely be a case of not being picked anymore.
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    Good.

    I mean, he's been a quality player for a long time, but there is a time to bow out gracefully and now is that time.
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    I thought he retired years ago.
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    Why? He was really amazing in the world cup, England played really great in the world cup. England are a great football team.
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    Gerrard, for whatever reason, has not performed at the past few World Cups. Whether it is because he has had too much pressure, or a terrible squad, he has not replicated his club form. Gerrard is undoubtedly a good captain, but he made the right decision to step down. He is more of an icon of the old England which consisted of people like Lampard, Rooney and Scholes, but now England are trying to focus on the future, young squad, he has to go. Keep him on as an assistant or a coach, but his playing days in the England shirt are rightfully over.
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    He was always **** in the white shirt.
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    He'll be remembered as a great club player, but not as a great England player. He started promisingly enough, but his performances for England have been nowhere near as good as his performances for Liverpool.

    His 4 England moments which stand out for me are:

    1 His goal against Germany in 2001
    2. His dreadful backpass against France in Euro 2004 which led to the last minute penalty which Zidane scored to give France the win.
    3. His goal against the USA in the 2010 WC.
    4. His knock-on to Suarez to essentially dump England out of the WC this year.
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    I guess this only means ONE thing...

    come on down captain Wayne!

    But yeah, like other notable midfielders, unable to replicate his performances for club at international level. The deep lying role for England was OTT in terms of the interest it generated, he struggled to replicate his club form in that role. Due to maybe not having another extra body in midfield but tbh, I doubt he'd have done well with another extra body in anyway.
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    worst England captain ever.
    good riddance
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    (Original post by Aky786UK)
    I guess this only means ONE thing...

    come on down captain Wayne!

    But yeah, like other notable midfielders, unable to replicate his performances for club at international level. The deep lying role for England was OTT in terms of the interest it generated, he struggled to replicate his club form in that role. Due to maybe not having another extra body in midfield but tbh, I doubt he'd have done well with another extra body in anyway.
    For Liverpool he plays with Coutinho and Henderson (Allen and Lucas if injuries occur) who basically do all the running in midfield, Gerrard does not have the legs for a 2 man midfield (hooray for Hodgson for not recognising this !!) so I guess he would have done better with an extra man but to be honest, the whole team was poor so it wouldn't have been much better.
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    Steven Gerrard's England career:



    One of the best midfielders in the world for Liverpool, but like so many other English players he's never done it for his country. Says more about the way the national team is run than any individual, imo.
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    Overrated player. Don't think how it would harm England in any way.
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    It was probably the right time for him, he has been a top captain although he has never been at his best for England. My only worry is that now Rooney will be next captain. I think he is a top player, but he certainly isn't captain material.
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    (Original post by Alex Doran)
    My only worry is that now Rooney will be next captain. I think he is a top player, but he certainly isn't captain material.
    Realistically, who else is there? The only other alternatives I can see are Hart and Cahill, neither of whom are particularly inspiring options. I don't disagree with you but I think Rooney is the best of a bad bunch.
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    And not a single flip was given.
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    **** you all
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    :rofl:
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    (Original post by matthewduncan)
    worst England captain ever.
    good riddance
    The previous captain was worse.
 
 
 
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