Former England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has officially announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 36. The Premier League legend was playing for MLS outfit LA Galaxy in the United States of America. Gerrard aka ‘Stevie G’ was known worldwide for his leadership, vision, creativity and also his goal scoring prowess. Gerrard had featured in 710 matches for Liverpool, his boyhood club, scoring 186 goals before switching Merseyside for California. Additionally, Steven also made 114 appearances for England in which he notched 21 goals.

“I have had an incredible career and am thankful for each and every moment of my time at Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy. 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,” said Steven Gerrard in an official statement, as quoted by Sky Sports, a foreign publication.

“I feel lucky to have experienced so many wonderful highlights over the course of my career. I am proud to have played over 700 games for Liverpool, many of which as captain, and to have played my part in helping the club to bring major honours back to Anfield, none more so than that famous night in Istanbul. At an international level, I feel privileged to have won 114 England caps and to have had the honour of captaining my country. I will always look back with great pride at every time I pulled on the England shirt. 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,” he added.

“I am excited about the future and feel I still have a lot to offer the game, in whatever capacity that may be. 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,” Gerrard continued.