Gerrard to consider future
Steven Gerrard (AFP)
Rio de Janeiro - England
captain Steven Gerrard has admitted on Sunday that he is considering his
options following his side's World Cup exit, but denied reports he is
poised to announce his international retirement.
"There's no truth
that I'll be making any announcement within the next week," the
34-year-old told a press conference in Rio de Janeiro, two days after
England's group-phase elimination was confirmed.
"I think I need
more time. I spoke to the manager (Roy Hodgson) to ask for some time to
think about my (international) future. I will not be rushing into a
"I am still hurting very bad. I'm broken from what's
gone on over the last couple of weeks. I need to clear my head before I
make that big decision."
Gerrard, who made his England debut in
2000, stands to win his 114th cap against Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte
on Tuesday -- one less than the record for an outfield player set by
Hodgson, meanwhile, has received the backing of
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke and he expressed gratitude that
he would be allowed to lead the team into the qualifying campaign for
the 2016 European Championship.
"I am very pleased of course that
Greg and the board have come out and backed me to continue," said
Hodgson, who sat alongside Gerrard at England's beachside Urca training
"We are midway through a term, there's a lot of work to be
done, but I think we are on a good path. I am very pleased I am going to
be the man leading (the team)."
He added: "It means a lot because the job means a lot to me. It's a fantastic job. It's a privilege to have it.
am very pleased to have had that backing. Scapegoats are always
necessary in times of failure; one understands that. But one would like
to think the work that you do is judged over a long period of time."- 'Think about the supporters' -
Hodgson said that it was too soon to begin looking beyond Euro 2016,
which will take place in France, saying: "I am recovering from a very
bitter experience, a very raw experience."
England will complete their Group D campaign against Costa Rica on Tuesday, before flying back to London.
Hodgson said that he would use the game to give playing time to those members of his squad who have yet to feature in Brazil.
"I'm going to be picking it with a view that all the players who are with us get some minutes on the field," he said.
"I will be changing the team to give others a chance to show what they can do."
Gerrard added: "It's a difficult time to be an England player at the moment. Everyone's hurt, everyone's disappointed.
message to the supporters is: 'Thanks for the support that they've
given us, not just at the World Cup, but over the last two years for
helping us get here.'
"The important thing is to think about the
supporters and the supporters only. They want to win in the last game
and the players want that as well."