After 19 years as a professional footballer, heralded as one of the world’s greatest modern-day midfielders, Steven Gerrard has called an end to his playing career.
The former Liverpool captain retires following a glamorous career, which included 17 years at Anfield followed by a short stint with LA Galaxy over the past 18 months.
However, after announcing he would be leaving the Los Angeles-based club last week, Gerrard confirmed his future in a statement on Thursday morning.
“Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football,” the statement read.
“I had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy.
“I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and… feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country.”
The 36-year-old hangs up his boots after making 710 appearances for the Reds, scoring a total of 120 Premier League goals and claiming 92 assists.
Gerrard was part of two FA Cup victories, three League Cups as well as a UEFA Cup and Champions League trophy.