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Exclusive Interview: Steven Gerrard announces his retirement from professional football

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from professional football in an exclusive interview with BT Sport.

Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from professional football.

The 36-year-old made over 700 appearances for his boyhood club, scoring 186 goals and winning two FA Cups, three League Cups, the UEFA Cup, the UEFA Super Cup and the UEFA Champions League during an illustrious career at Anfield.

At international level, Gerrard won 114 caps for his country, making him the nation’s fourth most capped player of all time. He also captained England at the 2010 and 2014 World Cup as well as the 2012 European Championships.

His announcement comes on the back of his decision to leave LA Galaxy after the midfielder played out his final year in the MLS.

In an exclusive interview with BT Sport, which you can watch in full at the top of this page, he expressed his pride at his achievements in the game.

He said: "Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football.

"I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy."

"I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career," he added.

"I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul.

"I feel very fortunate to have had the career I've had but none of it would have been possible without the support of so many people.

"I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. I am currently taking my time to consider a number of options and will make an announcement with regards to the next stage of my career very soon.”

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