Gerrard won’t rush retirement call


The 34-year-old Liverpool midfielder was expected to announce his retirement yesterday following England’s group stage elimination at the World Cup, but says he will only make that call after taking a holiday.

“There is no truth that I’ll be making any announcements within a week,” Gerrard says.

“I think I need more time than that. I’ve spoken to the manager this morning and have asked him for some time to consider my future, but I certainly won’t be rushing into any decision.

“I don’t feel like it’s right to make a decision now or in a week’s time. I’m still hurting very bad and broken over what’s gone on over the last couple of weeks, so I need to get away, get on holiday and basically clear my head before I make that big decision.” 

England’s elimination – after 2-1 defeats to Italy and Uruguay – was the first time they have failed to progress through the group phase since 1958.