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Premier League: Could the World Cup be Liverpool skipper Steven Gerrard's England bow?

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Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard may have a decision to make on his international future after the World Cup, according to his manager Brendan Rodgers.

Gerrard, who will be 34 next month, has 109 caps for his country, and has captained the side since Roy Hodgson took over in 2012, and will lead out the side for their first group game against Italy on June 12th.

But with the added challenge of Champions League football for Liverpool next season, and with Gerrard still an integral part of their team, Rodgers has hinted that he might prefer his skipper to retire from international football after the World Cup.

Speaking after a 4-0 friendly win over Shamrock Rovers, Rodgers said,"I just think he'll need to assess things after Brazil, as he'll be 34 then,"

"He's been a brilliant captain for me, a great leader, a brilliant man. He'll arrive at the Champions League next season as one of the playmakers of the tournament."

The obvious worry is that at 34, Gerrard may be unable to compete at his best week in week out when faced with alternating between the Champions League and Premier League on a weekly basis.

However, Rodgers was also quick to point out that 'Stevie G' is in great condition.

"His condition is terrific. He's in every day like clockwork, he eats the right foods, body weight right on the money." He said.

"Next season, there will be a big demand. If he comes and asks that, I'll give an opinion on it [but] I think it's a decision he has to make."

"He's a very clear vision of the game, and what he wants to do for Liverpool. He loves playing for England. He'll go and concentrate on England and we'll see what happens after that."

Gerrard himself has given little indication of what his international future will be after Brazil, but many England fans perhaps will not appreciate Rodgers' comments to try and sway him away from the national side.

Gerrard's former teammate Jamie Carragher retired from international football, and admitted that the decision was based on a desire to prolong his club career. However, Carragher was on the fringes of the England squad, as opposed to Gerrard, who is as important to his country as he is his club.

Whatever his future, no doubt Gerrard will be gearing up for this summer's tournament, hoping that leading England to World Cup glory can make up for the heartache of missing out on the Premier League title to Manchester City this season.

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