Following the announcement of his international retirement on Monday, Steven Gerrard has ended his England career with a total of 21 goals in his 114 caps.
The now former England captain was never on the losing side in an international match that he scored in, with some of those goals proving hugely memorable.
Here are our top five:
5. England 2 Poland 0 – 2014 World Cup Qualifier – October 15th 2013
Wembley had been on edge during a match which England had to win to secure qualification for the 2014 World Cup. Wayne Rooney’s goal before the break had given the Three Lions the lead, but anxiety still ruled all around the national stadium. Enter the captain.
With what proved to be his last goal for his country, Gerrard surged forward to get on the end of a James Milner pass, before expertly controlling the ball and finishing into the corner of the net to send his team to Brazil.
4. England 4 Moldova 0 – 2014 World Cup Qualifier – September 6th 2013
With trademark precision, Gerrard – after receiving a Frank Lampard pass (who said they couldn’t play together?) – fired England in front early on in this qualifier against Moldova.
The Liverpool man had moved into space after drifting forward from his deeper midfield position, before arrowing a perfectly placed effort into the net off the post.
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3. England 2 Macedonia 2 – Euro 2004 Qualifier – October 16th 2002
Back when England were taking their show on the road as Wembley was being rebuilt, several temporary homes were needed for the Euro 2004 Qualifiers.
One of those was Southampton’s St Mary’s, where Gerrard scored this brilliant volley after his initially expert chest control set up the chance.
David Beckham – who also scored in the match – was key to setting up the opportunity, but once Gerrard picked up the ball there was only one place it was going.
2. England 2 Trinidad & Tobago 0 – 2006 World Cup – June 15th 2006
England had failed to break down Trinidad & Tobago despite 83 minutes of toil in Frankfurt at the 2006 World Cup, before blushes were spared when Peter Crouch headed home a Beckham cross.
Relieved sighs were still being heard all over England when Gerrard put the glorious gloss on the victory in stoppage time, cutting inside and smashing home this unstoppable effort with his supposedly weaker left foot.
1. Germany 1 England 5 – 2002 World Cup Qualifier – September 1st 2001
Gerrard’s first goal for England was also his best, and a pretty crucial one as it sent the Three Lions on the way to surely their most famous victory of this century.
Rio Ferdinand directed Beckham’s cross into his path shortly before half-time against Germany in Munich, before Gerrard unleashed a spearing drive which flew into the bottom corner of the net and gave his side a 2-1 lead which they would add to three more times in the second half.
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