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Former Liverpool and England captain Gerrard retires

LIVERPOOL: Former Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement on Thursday a week after confirming he would not be returning to play for MLS side LA Galaxy. "Following recent media speculation surrounding my future I can confirm my retirement from playing professional football," Gerrard, 36, said in a statement. "I've had an incredible career and I'm thankful for each and every moment of my time with Liverpool, England and LA Galaxy." Gerrard made his Liverpool debut in 1998 and established…