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Steven Gerrard retirement: Good for England – Great for Liverpool! Gerrard have not enjoyed his England career like he has been enjoying his Liverpool career.

After seeing his team suffered one of the most knock-out punch out in recent history, Steven Gerrard has decided to retire from International role. From a career that is filled with sorrows, what-could-have-been and unfulfilled desires, Steven Gerrard has decided to step down from a position that frankly was the most under-fire position after the World Cup recently. Keeping the Liverpool fans apart as they have a history of supporting their players through thick and thin, nearly most of the remaining fans were hoping for this decision the day when World Cup ended for England.


Having started his career by making a substitute appearance against Ukraine in 2000, Steven Gerrard International career was not defining in terms of titles. Although he made more than 100 appearances for the English National team, he might never enjoy the status Gary Lineker envisaged by playing lot less. In a career that might be defined by his brilliance against Germany in a 5-1 win to failures like giving the back pass straight to Henry which eventually led to being England Out of the EURO Championships, he like most of the players of his generation, hasn't won a single continental or a World trophy for his homeland.

Having scored 13 goals last season and created another 13 for his Liverpool team-mates, everybody was expecting from the English Captain to come out with flying colors at-least as an individual. Rather it was his ill-fated header that resulted in England being out of the World Cup with a Luis Suarez goal and criticism shifting its way from Wayne Rooney to Steven Gerrard. And make no mistake, he is never the man to hide himself from any storm, rather he weathers it.
From Sven Goran Eriksen decision to combine the Frank Lampard and Gerrard partnership in midfield to Roy Hodgson decision of linking him with Henderson in a two-man midfield, it just didn’t work out for the English Captain at the big stages. His greater achievement at a World Cup was reaching the Quarter final and make no mistake, it was the generation not only Steven Gerrard that was responsible for this barren spell for the English football.

Coming back to Liverpool and being relieved from National football duty will only add to his already beautiful appearances in a Red Shirt. Having already make 475 appearances for the Reds with 111 goals, he has battered numerous defenses in a Red Shirt. From that FA Cup late equalizer against West Ham to that leaping header against Brazilian great Dida, Steven Gerrard Liverpool career has been amazing so far.

Now when he has been free to play for Liverpool rather than be ready on Weekends demanding meaningless friendlies, Brendan Rodgers might be the man looking to make the most of the decision made by his captain. After Suarez left Liverpool, a huge void was left back and it was only the all time Liverpool great that could make both ends meet there.

With a brigade of new players coming at Anfield and many of them relatively unaware of the pressure on Champions League nights, no matter home or away, Steven Gerrard is the catalyst for the upcoming talent to show them how to perform. And with 2 or probably 3 years of his club football remaining in locker, Steven Gerrard will be looking to make the best of this God gifted opportunity to land the Premier League title home.


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