Evening Ticker: Gerrard retires from International game; Shakhtar warns AWOL players; and more

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By RYAN TOLMICH

After a disappointing tournament performance, England will emerge from the 2014 World Cup facing the international retirement of their captain.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement Monday, ending a 14-year career with the Three Lions. The 34-year-old midfielder, who made his international debut in 2000, leaves the international game having amassed 21 goals in 114 appearances across six major tournaments.

“I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again,” Gerrard said. “However, I do look forward to continuing my strong relationship with The FA and helping out in any way I can going forward.”

Gerrard cited his commitment to staying fresh for the club level as a key factor in his decision.

“To ensure I can keep playing to a high level and giving everything to Liverpool Football Club I believe this is the right decision,” Gerrard said, “and having Champions League football back at Anfield is another big factor in my decision.”

Here are some more of Monday’s news and notes from around the soccer world:

SHAKHTAR PRESIDENT SAYS PLAYERS WILL “SUFFER” IF ABSENCE CONTINUES 

With millions being affected by the current situation in Ukraine, the conflicts have now trickled down and begun to have an impact on the country’s biggest club.

Reigning Ukranian Premier League winner Shakhtar Donetsk is facing a player crisis, as six of the team’s players have yet to return to the country after a friendly Sunday in France.

Club president Rinat Akhmetov said that the six players—Douglas Costa, Fred, Dentinho, Alex Teixiera, Ismaily and Facundo Ferreyra—will “suffer” if they refuse to uphold their contracts and return to the club.

“I don’t rule out that these players will return to the team quickly, and some of them — tomorrow,” Akhmetov said. “Players have contracts that they have to abide by. If they do not come, I think, they will be the first to suffer. Each of them has a minimum release clause, which is tens of millions of euros. If someone wants to reduce this amount by a million, then such a decision is our right.”

Akhmetov went on to say that the players would have nothing to fear when it comes to playing in the conflict-ridden country and that the club would provide proper security for those involved.

“Hopefully, the mind and heart will prevail over misunderstanding, and the players will not follow temptation and fear,” Akhmetov said. “We are ready to provide security. We will not take risks and in any case we won’t bring players to dangerous places.”

EVRA OFFICIALLY JOINS JUVENTUS

After spending nine seasons with one of England’s most successful clubs, Patrice Evra has officially joined an Italian side of similar stature.

The former Manchester United fullback completed a move to Serie A powerhouse Juventus on Monday, with United set to receive 1.2 million pounds ($2 million) in transfer fees for the French defender. The fee will be paid in two installments, with United also set to receive 300,000 pounds if Juventus qualifies for the 2015-16 Champions League.

Evra joined the Red Devils in 2006 from French side AS Monaco. The 33-year-old made a total of 379 appearances for United and scored 10 goals.

How will England fare without Gerrard? What do you think of Shakhtar’s response to the players’ absence? Is Evra a good signing for Juventus?

Share your thoughts below.

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21 Responses to Evening Ticker: Gerrard retires from International game; Shakhtar warns AWOL players; and more

  1. not real says:

    so does this make serie A the retirement league now?

  2. Dirk says:

    Here is another item from today’s news and notes from around the soccer world.

    Bayern Munich names Julian Green to it’s first team. Julian is coming back to America for a visit.

    • I am very glad Julian Green is coming with Bayern Munich to the US. He has a bright future, there is no question. Hope to see many time in the US Nationall Team
      Good Luck!
      Joed Santos Sr.

  3. god save the queen says:

    Adieu Gerrard.

    You were a LEGEND. Had hoped you’d retire in the upcoming friendly match so you tie Beckham’s record. You were 1 of the best midfielders of your generation. Honestly England’s top 3 player of the past 15 years.

    shall miss ya

    England will survive. They just need a renewal. Drop Rooney until he deserves to wear the uniform

    • Increase0 says:

      He has been pretty good for England but this last WC he shouldn’t have been there. Although, I will say there wasn’t anyone better. I dunno what’s up with Wilshire that he can’t play full WC games at the age of 22.

      I know people like to down play the smoking but honestly. If you can’t play a full World Cup game, what are you thinking when you do anything to damage your lung capacity. You run and at an elite level smoking takes that last 1% off that you might need. Constricting your capillaries and arteries is just stupid. Who needs good blood flow when your job is to run all day?

      • Jovins says:

        Wilshire was coming off an injury, so he wasn’t fully fit.

      • Johnathan says:

        The naivety of some people amaze me… Have you ever heard of Socrates?? Wait for it… trick question!! (you obviously have no regard for the history of football).

        • Kosh says:

          “History of football”? What the heck does that have to do with modern facts and knowledge? So a lot of guys who drank and smoked back in the day ere better than other guys who did the same thing – not so sure what that means to the modern day athlete. They build ‘em different in this century.

        • Quit Whining About Soccer in the US says:

          Yeah, because one random example of a guy who succeeded when they didn’t know anything about anything, shows you are wrong Increase0
          ….and somehow it shows you don’t know anything about the history of soccer too.

    • Tony in Quakeland says:

      I don’t root for England or Liverpool, but I have always been a fan of Gerrards. It is a great shame that England finally gave him the arm band and the center of the field a cycle too late. His announcement was pro forma – he clearly had no future role to play.

      It’s almost enough to make even a Gooner feel sorry for him – he could have won the league on the 25 anniversary of Hillsborough and he could have ended his international career on a high. Instead…

  4. SIR_KNOX says:

    The Shaktar story makes me excited for WC2018!

  5. Raymon says:

    SHAKTAR! Why would they publicly threaten their players like this? Seems like poor man management, as all they needed to do was make some calls to them or “their people” to communicate the same thing. Is it a cultural thing to try to publicly humiliate your star players (Fred is a “star” in Ukraine I suppose)? Weird approach.

  6. Mikey K says:

    I do not blame them. Who wants to stay in a country where everyone is protesting?!

    • Andy in Atlanta says:

      Protesting? Try blowing each other up and firing AKs on the street corners…

      Donetsk is officially a war zone…how can these club officials demand players to go back to something like that? RIDICULOUS

      link to nytimes.com

      • slowleftarm says:

        Yeah, that dude says the club won’t go anywhere dangerous but Donetsk itself sure seems plenty dangerous at the moment.

  7. the original jb says:

    Not to mention flying in where a civilian plane was just shot down

  8. MiamiAl says:

    Who is a bigger scumbag? John Terry or Steven Gerrard! I hope that garbage is not coming over here!

    • Raymon says:

      Was that a rhetorical question? Cause it’s JT, no contest. I will fight you if you disagree.