After 15 years and 106 caps, Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football.
The 36-year-old revealed that the decision had not been an easy one, but given his age it comes as no surprise.
"It has been a very tough decision for me to make," the midfielder said in quotes published by the BBC.
"That is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup."
Lampard left Chelsea at the end of last season for a spell in the MLS with New York City. However, he later agreed to spend the start of the Premier League campaign on loan at Manchester City.
The player's decision means he is the latest of the 'golden generation' to call time on his international career. But it is one that has caused an outpouring of appreciation, with his fans taking to Twitter to reveal their thoughts following the announcement.
Among those to praise the former Chelsea player were Gary Lineker and Peter Reid, the former calling Lampard "an outstanding finisher and a credit to the game of football."
Many believe the time has come for the next generation to be given the chance for the Three Lions, and Lampard's retirement opens up another space for Roy Hodgson to fill with those tasked with taking England on to the European Championships in 2016.
Some goal scoring record Frank Lampard from the middle of the park. Brilliant.— Peter Reid (@reid6peter) August 26, 2014
Frank Lampard retires from International football. A fine player, an outstanding finisher and a credit to the game of football.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 26, 2014
Well done to Frank Lampard on an incredible international career. A great servant to his country!— Robby D (@Rob_at_Hornsey) August 26, 2014
Frank Lampard says he enjoyed every minute playing for England. That's nice. It's a shame we didn't.— Stevie G (@steviegray74) August 26, 2014
Despite not winning an international tournament, I hope Frank Lampard looks upon his England career with fond memories-106caps well deserved— Tom Davies (@twdavies29) August 26, 2014
Frank Lampard, one of the best around!— Kristian (@k_sheen) August 26, 2014
Thankyou Frank Lampard for all the memories you created in an England shirt! Top quality player at international level! #ENG— Smithy (@adamsmith_9) August 26, 2014
Frank Lampard retires from English national team. Yeah, those three extra games every two years must have been exhausting.— David Oswald (@davidoswald) August 26, 2014
Lampard's biggest legacy to international football: the disallowed goal v Germany at 2010 WC that paved way for introduction of technology.— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) August 26, 2014