by Marcus Leach
Steve Gerrard has announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect, and will now assume a high profile ambassadorial role with the Football Association.
The 34-year-old Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for England, the first of which came against the Ukraine in 2000 and the last in England's recent World Cup campaign in Brazil.
"I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country. It's a sad day for me," he said.
"It was a very difficult decision to make. It's something I have been contemplating for a long time, not just since the end of the World Cup.
"I've had to take an awful lot of advice from people who are close to me - players that I still play with, ex-players who I played with a long time ago, managers who I played for years ago.
"It's been a really tough decision, certainly one of the toughest since I turned professional at 18."
Gerrard will continue to play for Liverpool as they look to go one better than last season and claim a first ever Premiership title.
"To ask my body now, the way it is and what it has been through to play international and domestic football was too much of an ask," Gerrard said.
"I've made my decision on my age, on my body and being fair to Liverpool, especially with having the Champions League back - that was a huge factor."