Former Liverpool and England captain Gerrard retires

Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:14am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement on Thursday a week after confirming he would not be returning to play for MLS side LA Galaxy.

"Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football," Gerrard, 36, said in a statement.

"I've had an incredible career and I'm thankful for each and every moment of my time with Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy."

Gerrard spent virtually his entire career at Liverpool having made his debut as a substitute against Blackburn Rovers in 1998. He is third on the club's all-time appearances list with 710, behind only Jamie Carragher and Ian Callaghan.

He scored 120 goals in 504 Premier League games.

One of the most highly-regarded midfield players in world football at his peak, he was capped 114 times for England, 40 as captain, and played in six major tournaments.

Gerrard left Liverpool in 2015 and spent 18 months with Galaxy, scoring five goals in 34 appearances.

While he never managed to win an English league title medal with Liverpool, Gerrard will forever be associated with the Champions League final in 2005 when Liverpool fought back from 3-0 down at halftime to win on penalties in Istanbul.

Gerrard scored Liverpool's first goal and drove the team on to arguably one of the greatest nights in the club's history.   Continued...

September 27, 2015; Carson, CA, USA; Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard (8) greets fans following the 3-2 victory against FC Dallas at StubHub Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports