Liverpool boss Rodgers expects Gerrard to quit England after World Cup

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers expects Steven Gerrard to retire from international football after the World Cup.

Gerrard was named in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the friendlies against Chile and Germany and, should he appear in both games, he can move into third place in the list of all-time England appearances.

"I think it’s something he will assess and look at," said Rodgers. "If you go to a World Cup in Brazil at 34 years of age you might not have many more championships left in you. Very few players do. I can think of (Javier) Zanetti and (Paolo) Maldini who have played on late but it’s rare.

"Steven is a real talisman for the group. He is a real leader for the team and everyone there,’ said Rodgers. ‘Whether he plays in the two friendlies or not is another matter. There are absolutely times when you can rest him and I think that is important for him.

"But, for Steven, he probably looks at it as though this is his last international year and after the World Cup that will be all finished and he will have time to rest. He and Roy have a good relationship and I’m sure if he needs a breather in these two games he will get it."

 
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