Steven Gerrard: Roy Hodgson & Bryan Robson lead tributes

22. 07. 2014

Steven Gerrard: Roy Hodgson & Bryan Robson lead tributes

England will miss "fantastic" captain Steven Gerrard after his retirement from international football, says national boss Roy Hodgson.


The Liverpool midfielder, 34, won 114 caps and scored 21 goals, representing his country at six major tournaments.

"We shall miss his leadership qualities as we look ahead with a youthful group," Hodgson said.

Former England captain Bryan Robson, meanwhile, said Gerrard had been a "great servant" to his country.

Gerrard, whom Hodgson also managed at Anfield, will now assume a "high-profile" ambassadorial role with the Football Association.

The England boss added: "He is an incredible man and fantastic footballer who we have all been blessed to see in an England shirt so often.


"It is never by coincidence that people reach a staggering figure as 114 caps. It is a mark of his wonderful talent allied to a huge drive and determination to live up to the highest standard."


Hodgson described Gerrard was a "tremendous captain" and an "exceptional role model".

He added: "I wish him all the best in the future, although I know I can count on his continued support and influence as a helpful presence moving forward."


Former Manchester United midfielder Robson, who captained England on 65 occasions, told BBC Sport Gerrard would be a "big miss" for the national side.

"It is always a shame when a great player decides to retire from the international scene," said Robson. "But he can look back and say he gave everything for England.


"He has been a fantastic player for England over the years. It is a really difficult call because you want to play for your country, especially if the manager is picking you."


Source: BBC

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Steven Gerrard: Roy Hodgson & Bryan Robson lead tributes