Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard has said that he could be in his final year of international football and he wants to make the most out of it. The 33-year-old is likely to play at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
However, he has conceded for the first time that it could be his last involvement with the national team. He does not see himself part of the national team in three years time when he will be 36 years of age. The midfielder recently made 100 appearances for the national team, thus putting him amongst the elite group of players to have achieved this record.
He is regarded as one of the finest midfielders of his generation and England will certainly miss him once he retires. Gerrard has said that he is aware that he does not have a long time left in football. Hence, he wants to enjoy the current run of matches more than ever. The midfielder, though, is confident that England will be able to find a suitable replacement for him. In fact, he has suggested that Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere could be the very replacement. After coming through the ranks at Arsenal, Wilshere has already made his debut for the national team.
“I’ve got to assume it’s my last year. I can’t assume I’m going to be here in two or three years’ time. I’ve got to make the most of every single game. For all I know, I might be out of the picture in a year’s time. I want to make the most of it. Jack is so good I am sure when he gets to my age he will be sitting in my position with the armband on talking about another 100-cap player. I’ve got no doubt he can (be the man who succeeds him),” said Gerrard.