Steven Gerrard Considers England Future as Roy Hodgson Thanks FA for Support

Ian RodgersWorld Football Staff WriterJune 22, 2014

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England captain Steven Gerrard will not rush into a decision on his international future after his World Cup disappointment.

The Liverpool midfielder admits he has been left "broken" by the Three Lions' exit from the tournament in Brazil after just two group matches, as Henry Winter of the Daily Telegraph reported.

Defeats to Italy and Uruguay in Group D left England's hopes of reaching the knock-out stages hanging by a thread.

Costa Rica confirmed England's early departure from the tournament Friday with a 1-0 victory over Italy, which also sealed their place in the last 16.

Gerrard, 34, is now considering whether to retire from international duty but will take his time over a decision on his future after speaking with England manager Roy Hodgson.

The England star is quoted as saying:

I have spoken to Roy today and asked for more time and it's something I'll be thinking about over the summer.

I'm still broken from what's happened, so I need to get away and go on holiday before I make that decision.

Gerrard has made 113 appearances for England and played in three World Cups and three European Championships.

But his record with England at FIFA's elite tournament has been disappointing, losing to Portugal in a penalty shootout in the last eight in 2006 before being comfortably defeated by Germany in South Africa in the second round four years ago.

Hodgson, meanwhile, has thanked Football Association chairman Greg Dyke and the board for their backing after the disappointing World Cup exit.

Hodgson took over as England manager before the Euro 2012 finals, where his team reached the quarter-finals only to be beaten by Italy in a penalty shootout.

However, after qualifying for the World Cup and introducing a number of young players to the squad, they suffered defeats in their opening matches to make a swift exit.

But Hodgson is now looking forward to working with the squad for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The European Championship qualifiers begin with a trip to Switzerland on Sept. 8.