Stoke City striker Peter Crouch has said it was the right decision for Steven Gerrard to retire from international football.
Crouch worked with Gerrard for both club and country, having spent three seasons at Liverpool - where during that time they were part of the side that won the FA Cup in 2006, and reached the 2007 Champions League final.
The big forward is quoted in the Stoke Sentinel: “It was probably the right decision. He’s got over a hundred caps and never let his country down."
One of the reason's Gerrard cited was so he could prolong his career at club level and be an effective part of a team that is returning to the Champions League, and showing signs of resurgence after narrowly missing out on the Premier League title last season.
Crouch added: “I think he’s looking after his body because it does take its toll.
“I’ve been lucky enough to play with a lot of great players, but he’s been the greatest bar none.
“In his prime, he could win games on his own. He could play in any position on the field and still be the best player on the pitch."
One particular game that Crouch was involved in that he may be alluding to will be the 2006 FA Cup Final where Gerrard scored twice and created another in the 3-3 thriller against West Ham United, which the Reds eventually ended up winning on penalties.
Liverpool fans will be hoping for more occasions when he wins crucial games for his side, and that the retirement from England games will allow him more opportunities to do so.
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