The former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from professional football, ending his 19-year playing career.
36-year-old Gerrard made 710 appearances for Liverpool, scoring 186 goals and winning eight major trophies, including the Champions League in 2005, before joining the MLS side LA Galaxy in 2015.
Gerrard, England’s fourth most-capped player, represented his country on 114 occasions and captained England at three major tournaments.
At club level, Gerrard lifted the FA Cup on two occasions as well as starring in Liverpool’s penalty shootout Champions League victory against Milan in Istanbul.
Gerrard remains the only player to have scored in an FA Cup, League Cup, Champions League and Uefa Cup final.
“Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football,” Gerrard confirmed in a statement on Thursday.
"I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career," said Gerrard.
"I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool."