Liverpool's Steven Gerrard reveals how hard the World Cup hit him

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The former England captain says he was 'too emotional' to speak to Roy Hodgson after the World Cup.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he was 'too emotional' to speak to Roy Hodgson about his England future immediately after the World Cup.

The 34-year-old retired from international duty in the aftermath of the tournament, ending his 14-year playing career with the Three Lions.

During that time, Gerrard surpassed 100 England caps and skippered his country on numerous occasions.

But the time, insists the former England captain, had come to call an end to his international career.

The problem for the Reds midfielder was that he was just 'too emotional' to discuss his future with Three Lions boss Hodgson straightaway.

"After the World Cup, it was important that I came away from football," the 34-year-old told the official programme for England's friendly against Norway.

"I had some time to be alone, time to be with my close family and friends and discuss and talk about what was going to be the best decision for me moving forward.

"I tried to have an initial chat with Roy Hodgson straight after the World Cup but I was too emotional to talk to him."

Gerrard has, however, continued with his club career and converted a record penalty kick for Liverpool at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Indeed, Gerrard's goal made him the third-highest scorer of penalties in Premier League history.

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