England will miss “fantastic” captain Steven Gerrard after his retirement from international football, says national boss Roy Hodgson. The Liverpool midfielder, 34, won 114 caps and scored 21 goals, representing his country at six major tournaments.
“We shall miss his leadership qualities as we look ahead with a youthful group,” Hodgson said.
Former England captain Bryan Robson, meanwhile, said Gerrard had been a “great servant” to his country. The former Manchester United midfielder added he does not think there is a “standout candidate” for the captaincy.
Gerrard, whom Hodgson also managed at Anfield, will now assume a “high-profile” ambassadorial role with the Football Association. The England boss added: “He is an incredible man and fantastic footballer who we have all been blessed to see in an England shirt so often. “It is never by coincidence that people reach such a staggering figure as 114 caps. It is a mark of his wonderful talent allied to a huge drive and determination to live up to the highest standard.”
Hodgson described Gerrard as a “tremendous captain” and an “exceptional role model”. He added: “I wish him all the best in the future, although I know I can count on his continued support and influence as a helpful presence moving forward.”
Ex-England and Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher , who played alongside Gerrard, wrote: “Good decision by Gerrard, 114 caps - great servant for England.”
And another of his former team-mates for club and country, Michael Owen , said on Twitter: “A huge decision and so tough to make. England will miss him.”
Former England captain Bryan Robson said Gerrard had been a “great servant” to his country. The former midfielder added he does not think there is a “standout candidate” for the captaincy.