Steven Gerrard admits that Brazil could be his last tournament for England
England captain Steven Gerrard has admitted that the upcoming World Cup in Brazil could be his last tournament for his country.
Gerrard, 34, was on ITV prior to the Champions League final and was asked about his future with England.
The World Cup in Brazil will surely be his last one but it is uncertain whether he will appear aged 36 in the 2016 European Championships.
“I’m not going to leave anyone hanging,” Gerrard said. “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 (Liverpool manager) Brendan Rodgers, Roy Hodgson and a few important people around me whose opinion I respect, players I’ve played with. I’ll chat to them all and make the right decision at the right time.
“It will be very close after the World Cup I’ll make that decision.
“It does to 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. I hope I perform to the level where I am wanted and I’ve got that difficult decision to make.”
Gerrard is closing in on David Beckham as the most-capped outfield player in England’s history. He is only six caps away from Beckham’s record of 115, which he would equal by featuring in all of England’s pre-tournament friendlies and group-stage matches.