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Sunday, February 26, 2012
Gerrard to consider England future

ESPNsoccernet staff

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has revealed he will consider his England future after this summer's European Championships.

Gerrard, 31, has struggled for fitness over the last two seasons and, while he admits he loves playing for his country, he feels calling time on the international stage could help prolong his club career.

The midfielder, who has won 89 caps for his country, said in The People: "It's something I am going to have to sit down and think about after the Euros this summer.

"I've not spoken to anybody about it yet, nor have I made any decision about what I might I do because there are a lot of things to consider.

"I'm just fully focused on doing as well as I can for Liverpool this season and then playing in the Euros for England. After that we will see that happens.

"First and foremost is that I love playing for England and to captain your country is the pinnacle for any player so that makes me proud,'' added Gerrard, who captained England during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

"And I want to make this clear, when I do decide to stop playing international football it would never be because I don't want to play for my country - it would never be because of that.

"But I am aware of the future, the injuries I've had and I want to play for Liverpool for as long as I can. I also know there are quite a few players who have stopped playing international football to prolong their club careers and it's helped them to do that.

"I can understand why people might think that kind of a decision is approaching and I've spoken to my surgeon and the medical people but, like I say, I've not made any decisions because there is no need yet.''




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