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Former England international, Steven Gerrard, has announced that he will be hanging his boots officially, after a successful 19-year career.

The 36-year old, who opted to move to America to join the MLS, started his career with Liverpool and led the team to win 8 major trophies, before seeking a move in 2015.

Gerrard made the announcement via a statement. See the full statement below:

Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football,” Gerrard said in a statement.

I have had an incredible career and I’m thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.

“As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years.

“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul.

He continued: “Firstly, I would like to thank everyone at Liverpool Football Club. I am proud to have played for and captained Liverpool for so many years and to have achieved what we achieved during my time at the club.

“I was lucky to play alongside some great players and under some fantastic managers during my time at Anfield and would like to thank each and every one of them, as well as all of the backroom staff at the club throughout my time there for the fantastic support they showed me.

“I would like to say a special thank you to Steve Heighway, Dave Shannon and Hugh McAuley for believing in me when I was making my way at Liverpool and for giving me the platform to go on and fulfil my dreams.

“Thank you to the amazing fans of Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy for the incredible backing you have given me throughout my career. Your loyalty and support has meant the world.

“I would like to thank Struan Marshall, my agent throughout my career, and the team at Wasserman for all of their support over the past 18 years.

Gerrard made 114 appearances for England, leaving him as the fourth most-capped senior player, with his first cap coming in May, 2000, and his last as captain as England played Costa Rica in the 2014 World Cup.

In total, Gerrard captained his country at three of the six major tournaments he competed in.

He added: “At an international level, I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country. I will always look back with great pride at every time I pulled on the England shirt.

“I feel very fortunate to have had the career I’ve had but none of it would have been possible without the support of so many people.

Just like many other footballers before him, Gerrad has applied for a managerial role with MK Dons, though the club has not made any announcement to this effect, but rumors suggest that he is being considered for the role.

 

Written by Doyinsola Olaniyan

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