Englishman Steven Gerrard (114 caps, 38 as captain) confirmed his international retirement via an official FA statement earlier today and it did not take long for the plaudits to arrive as two former Liverpool stars cheer-led the commendations.
Michael Owen sees the advantages at club-level regarding Gerrard's decision, commenting on Sport Lobster that it is "a huge decision and so tough to make. England will miss him but Liverpool will definitely feel the benefit of him resting during international breaks in the Premier League."
Indeed, Gerrard even paid tribute to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers in his announcement, saying: "Brendan [Rodgers] has been fantastic and obviously I have to look after my body as much as possible to ensure I can give everything when I take to the field.
“To ensure I can keep playing to a high level and giving everything to Liverpool, I believe this is the right decision, and having Champions League football back at Anfield is another big factor in my decision.”
His former colleague at both club and country, Carragher, said on Twitter: "Good decision by Steven Gerrard, 114 caps [makes him a] great servant for England."
The former defender, though, expressed concerns over the immediate future for the Three Lions as there are "not many young alternatives in that holding role for England."
He said: "[There are] no stand out candidates [to fill leadership void] but Ross Barkley [is good enough to act as a replacement] in his attacking role and not as the holding player at the moment."