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England coach Hodgson "disappointed" by Gerrard retirement

England coach Roy Hodgson admits he's disappointed by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard's decision to retire from international football.

Hodgson was faced with a rebuilding job after England failed to win a single match in Brazil but admits he will be sad to see Gerrard, whom he managed briefly during a short stint at Anfield, go.

"While I'm disappointed in the decision I can entirely understand Steven's situation and can have no complaints given the incredible service he has given to his country," said the national team boss.

"I must respect his wishes due to the discussions we have had and the amount of thought and consideration he himself has given it.

"He is an incredible man and a 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."

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