International Soccer - England

Gerrard walks away from England

London, England (SportsNetwork.com) - England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement from international soccer on Monday, bringing an end to his 14- year England career.

Gerrard retires as the third-most capped player for the Three Lions, behind only Peter Shilton and David Beckham, having made 114 appearances while scoring 21 goals.

The 34-year-old served as captain for England's 2010 and 2014 World Cup teams as well as the Euro 2012 squad, but he has decided to call it quits after England failed to advance past the group stage in Brazil this summer.

"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won't pull on the England shirt again," Gerrard said.

"This has been a very difficult decision, one of the toughest I've had to make in my career. I have agonized over this since coming back from Brazil and have spoken to family, friends and people close to me in the game before coming to this point."

The Liverpool skipper made his England debut in 2000 in a 2-0 win over Ukraine, and he served as captain of the Three Lions on 38 occasions.

07/21 11:57:27 ET

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