A Proud Lion

Chapter 4 International Hero

From the moment Steven took to the field, aged 20, against Ukraine in a friendly on May 31 2000 for his England debut, it was clear he would go on to become one of the most iconic figures the national team had ever produced.

He was a central figure in what became known as the “Golden Generation” of English talent, alongside David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Frank Lampard.

His England career saw him make 21 major tournament appearances in three World Cups (2006, 2010 and 2014) and three European Championships (2000, 2004 and 2012).

His 114 caps mean only Beckham and Peter Shilton stand before him in the country’s all-time appearance list.

Steven captained England on 38 occasions under four different managers; Sven-Goran Eriksson, Steve McClaren, Fabio Capello and Roy Hodgson. Hodgson made him the full-time captain of his country, just ahead of the 2012 European Championships.

Steven was an important and regular goal-scorer for England. His 21 goals put him 7th on the all-time list.

"He is an incredible man and a fantastic footballer. 114 caps is a mark of his wonderful talent, allied to a huge drive and determination to live up to the highest standard."

Roy Hodgson, England manager 2010-date

"Steven is one of the best players you can find. He has everything. As long as I was England manager, he was extremely important to me."

Sven-Goran Eriksson, England manager 2001-2006

A Manager's Captain

Steven not only put his body on the line for England some 114 times over his 14-year international career, he was also the man that manager-after-manager turned to when they needed a proper leader.

While Roy Hodgson was the only England manager to make Gerrard his official captain, every single manager he played for asked Steven to lead out the national side.

Sven-Goran Eriksson was the first manager to give Gerrard the captaincy for a friendly against Sweden on March 31, 2004. He played an hour before handing the armband to Gareth Southgate.

Steven served as vice-captain to John Terry during the reigns of both Steve McClaren and Fabio Capello.

But he was the chosen one at the 2010 World Cup when Rio Ferdinand pulled out with a last minute injury.

Hodgson finally made him official England captain in time for Euro 2012. Read More >

Steven acknowledges the fans after a 0-0 draw in the 2014 World Cup match between Costa Rica and England on June 24, 2014 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. It was his final appearance for the national team.

Retirement

Chapter 4 International Hero

Steven called time on his international career in the wake of England’s disappointing exist from the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.

But the memories of his rampaging runs, raking cross-field passes and vital match-winning goals will be remembered by football fans all over the world.

And he retired from England duties as a star on the global stage and a hero back home. Read More >

"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day knowing I won’t pull on the England shirt again."

Steven

"He is an incredible man and a fantastic footballer who we have all been blessed to see in an England shirt."

Roy Hodgson, England manager

Tributes To Steven

"Steven Gerrard has retired from international football. He’s been a wonderful servant to his country. A great player who always gave all."

Gary Lineker

"Gerrard has been my idol for 10 years. He is the example of what all midfield players aspire to. He is always there in the heat of the battle, I would love to be close to that level"

Daniele De Rossi, Italy midfielder

A Proud Lion

Chapter 4 International Hero

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