Steven Gerrard 'broken' after England's World Cup exit

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England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard reflects on World Cup disappointment.

England and Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard denied speculation that he would be retiring from international football within the next week

The midfielder said that he is "broken" after England were dumped out of the World Cup, but would take some time before deciding whether to continue playing for the Three Lions.

"There's no truth that I'll be making any announcement within a week, I think I need more time than that," the 34-year-old said.

"I spoke to the manager this morning and asked him for some time over the summer to consider my future but I certainly won't be rushing into any decision."

He added: "I don't feel it's right to make a decision now or in a week's time. I'm still hurting very bad. I'm broken from what's gone on over the last couple of weeks so I need to get away, get on holiday and basically clear my head before I make that big decision.

England headed into the World Cup with low expectations after being drawn alongside Italy, Uruguay and Costa Rica in Group D.

After a promising performance in the opening defeat to Italy, however, England fans were hopeful of getting a result against Uruguay, particularly after they were beaten by minnows Costa Rica in their opener.

But a 2-1 loss to the Uruguayans put England's hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages in serious doubt, and they crashed out when Costa Rica pulled off their second surprise in as many games by beating Italy 1-0.

Gerrard said that England players took responsibility for the disappointment, and thanked the fans for their support in the run up and duration of the tournament.

"It's a difficult time to be an England player at the moment, everyone's hurt, everyone's disappointed," he said.

"My message to the supporters is thanks for the support that they give us, not just at the World Cup but over the last two years, helping us, getting us here. The players take full responsibility for not winning the two games so far."

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