Steven Gerrard officially announces retirement

Steven Gerrard’s playing career is officially over.

Gerrard, who announced earlier this month that he would not be returning to the

Galaxy's Steven Gerrard celebrates his first MLS goal against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy’s Steven Gerrard celebrates his first MLS goal against the Earthquakes in a MLS soccer game at the StubHub Center, Friday, July 17, 2015, Carson, CA. The score at halftime was tied 2-2.Los Angeles Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes.Photo by Steve McCrank/Staff Photographer

Galaxy, called it a career Thursday.

“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,” Gerrard said. “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.

“As a teenager I fulfilled my childhood dream by pulling on the famous red shirt of Liverpool, and when I made my debut against Blackburn Rovers in November 1998 I could never have imagined what would then follow over the next 18 years.”

Gerrard spent xx years with Liverpool before joining MLS and the Galaxy in July of 2015. He spent 12 years as captain and finished with 186 career goals.

Gerrard also made 114 appearances for the England national team.

“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game,” Gerrard said. “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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