Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard dropped the strongest hint that he might step down as England captain at the end of the World Cup and will considering retirement from International football after the showpiece event. Gerrard who turns 34 the coming week said that he would keep his decision ‘in waiting’ mode and with Liverpool featuring in the Champions League next season after a wait for six long Gerrard wants to give his all for his club.
“That will be a factor, yes,” Gerrard said. “I’m not going to leave anyone hanging. Don’t worry, as soon as the World Cup is over I’ll sit down with the manager at the right time and I’ll make the decision.
“I can be open and honest with you now that I haven’t made that decision because I haven’t had the chance to chat with the manager at length over it. But I’ll be chatting to Brendan Rodgers, Roy Hodgson and a few important people around me whose opinion I respect; players I’ve played with. I’ll make the right decision at the right time.
“It does depend on how the World Cup goes, how I perform, how the team performs. Am I still going to be wanted after the World Cup? These are all the questions we’ll have to sit down and answer. I won’t stay around if I’m not wanted.”
England coach Roy Hodgson though has been consistently persuading Gerrard to continue beyond the World Cup however the final decision lies with the Reds Captain, who is sure to extend his current contract which has just a year left till the summer of 2015. Gerrard though feels team mate Luis Suarez’s probable absence in the World Cup will boost England’s chances of beating the South American powerhouse.
“I think from a really really selfish point of view it would help England against Uruguay if he wasn’t available, of course it would,” Gerrard said. “If he’s not available it can only be a help for England. But knowing Luis as a mate and a friend and a team-mate with Liverpool, I know that it would absolutely kill him.
“I do wish him well. I hope he’s fit as soon as possible – certainly for when we go back with Liverpool. The final group game and then Liverpool would be fine, from a selfish point of view. He’ll understand that. But I know he’s a fighter and he’ll do everything he can to be fit.”
Quotes Courtesy: Telegraph.