Steven Gerrard has revealed he will consider quitting England after this summer’s European Championship in order to prolong his career at Liverpool.
The midfielder, who led out the Reds against Cardiff in yesterday’s Carling Cup final, has recently returned to fitness having been plagued by injury over the last two years.
The Liverpool captain knows choosing between club and country would be an agonising decision, but says calling time on his England career might be the only way to ensure his long-term future at Anfield.
Gerrard, who will turn 32 in May, told The People: “It’s something I am going to have to sit down and think about after the Euros this summer.
“I’m just fully focused on doing as well as I can for Liverpool this season and then playing in the Euros for England. After that we will see what happens.
Gerrard captained England at the 2010 World Cup and is likely to be given the armband again by stand-in boss Stuart Pearce for Wednesday’s friendly with Holland at Wembley.
The midfielder has notched up 89 caps for his country and admits the prospect of breaking the 100 barrier is tempting - providing he features under whoever the Football Association appoint as manager, with Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp a hot favourite for the job.