Steven Gerrard was widely expected to announce his England retirement when he addressed the media for first time since our world cup exit before the Costa Rica game, although he said it was 'too raw' for a decision to be made.
At the time he said that he needed to go away and reflect upon what his future will be before making that final call - I am not taking a dig at Gerrard but he is 'leaving us hanging' when he said that would not be the case...
It is a big call that would be too much, either way, be based on emotion at this stage mind.
Before the world cup I was of the opinion that I hoped, or would not be against, he would carrying on but as gutting as it would be for him to bow out on the back of an arguably 'all time low' point with England perhaps now the time is right?
Standards are so high for him but I do not feel, he was not alone mind, that Gerrard had a very good world cup.
I think a lot of this was in his mind and remains a hangover from Liverpool's failure to win the title last season, when ultimately his slip against Chelsea proved fatal...
Younger players could of course learn from him but by the same token players could be held back by not getting the game time they need and would get without him.
The like of Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, Ross Barkley and the forgotten man - if fit - Jack Rodwell would have a real chance to step-up and prove that now is the time for them.
Time waits for no man and now I think the time has probably come for him to move aside.
A seemingly 'telling sign' of what is to come was the fact that Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart addressed the media ahead of Gerrard and/or Frank Lampard, the captain and vice captain, which tends to hint at Rooney and Hart taking over those roles...
I would expect Gerrard's appearance last Tuesday to be his last in an England shirt, yep it will be a tough, tough decision for him to make but I think ultimately for him, his career, Liverpool and England in the end, now is the time to move on.
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