Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard ‘broken’ after England’s World Cup exit

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he needs time to decide whether he will extend his England career after World Cup exit

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard Photo: Back Page Images

Steven Gerrard insists he won’t rush into a decision on his long-term England future.

The 34-year-old captain was at fault for both of Luis Suarez’s goals in Uruguay’s 2-1 victory over England on Thursday night, with Costa Rica’s win against Italy eliminating the Three Lions.

I’m hurting very bad, I’m broken. I need to get away and clear my head

Steven Gerrard

England manager Roy Hodgson wants Gerrard to continue his international career up until Euro 2016, but the Liverpool midfielder plans to clear his head before making a decision.

“I’ve asked the manager for time over the summer to make my decision. I’m hurting very bad, I’m broken. I need to get away and clear my head,” Gerrard said.

Gerrard added that England do have world-class players in their ranks despite crashing out of the tournament after two World Cup group games.

“I’m not sure nasty is the right way but we came across a Uruguay who were cute, clever, disruptive and difficult to beat,” Gerrard added.

“They never gave England the momentum to get forward. We’ve conceded four goals in two games and I think we’ve conceded five shots.

“I think we have got world-class players and I think we’ve got players with world-class potential. But these tournaments only come around every two years. We’ll have to wait and see.”

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