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VIDEO: Steven Gerrard’s top five goals for England

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The big news on Monday came from Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, as the English national team captain announced his international retirement.

Gerrard, 34, led the Three Lions at the World Cup but failed to help his side get past the group stage.

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That definitely wasn’t Gerrard’s finest moment in an England shirt, but luckily he had plenty of memorable moments during his 114 appearances for the Three Lions.

Here are the top goals he scored, as we look back at some of Gerrard’s best moments on the international stage.

Scoring his first goal vs. Germany in 5-1 demolition, World Cup qualifying, September 1, 2001

Starting his first competitive game for England, 21-year-old Gerrard scored a massive goal in the Olympiastadion in Munich. Just before half time, with the score locked at 1-1, the ball found Gerrard on the edge of the box and he drilled a fizzing effort into the bottom corner from 30-yards out for his first England goal. Gerrard’s goal knocked the stuffing out of Germany who were eventually hammered 5-1.

Blasting an absolute beauty vs. Trinidad & Tobago, 2006 World Cup, June 15, 2006

In the 2006 World Cup, England were struggling to break down a stubborn Trinidad side heading into the final moments of their Group B encounter. Then Peter Crouch headed home in the 83rd minute to relieve the tension and Gerrard finished T&T off in style. Picking the ball up on the right, Gerrard swiveled and shifted the ball onto his left foot in one motion. Then he released a bullet into the top corner to make it 2-0. Sublime.

Firing England into an early lead vs. the U.S., 2010 World Cup, June 12, 2010

Gerrard was England’s stand-in captain at the 2010 World Cup after Rio Ferdinand went home injured. After just four minutes of the tournament Gerrard gave England the lead over the USA as Emile Heskey played him in and the skipper stabbed the ball home past Tim Howard. Great run and a great finish. We all know how that game turned out though…

Jinxing past Poland to send England to Brazil, World Cup qualifying, October 15, 2013

England needed to beat Poland at Wembley to seal their 2014 World Cup qualification and Gerrard was on hand to help out when it mattered most. Wayne Rooney headed home in the second half to set England on their way, then Gerrard went on a jinxing run in the box and finished superbly to send England to Brazil. This was Gerrard at his very best.

Bullet header puts England in front vs. Sweden, 2006 World Cup, June 20, 2006

We are so used to seeing Gerrard smash in worldies from outside the box that we often forget how big of a guy he is. Standing over six-foot tall, Gerrard’s aerial prowess was clear for all to see as he headed England in front against Sweden in Cologne. Superb header from distance to prove he is one of the greatest all-round players to play the game.

“Overweight” Costa comes to Mourinho’s defense

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Diego Costa says he and his Chelsea teammates are to blame for Chelsea’s horrid start to the 2015-16 Premier League season.

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Speaking Thursday, during a bit of downtime over the current international break (Costa was left out of Vicente del Bosque’s squad for Spain’s final two EURO 2016 qualifiers this week), Costa placed the majority of blame at the feet of the entire team, but went on to most harshly critique himself for coming into the season unfocused and “overweight.”

Costa, on his lack of fitness and form to begin the season — quotes from the Guardian:

“We know we’re not in the form we were supposed to be at the beginning of the season. We need to blame the players because we came back from holiday very confident, thinking we could go back into how it was last season, and then realized the team was already in a bad situation.

“I’m going to be very honest: maybe a few weeks ago, five or six weeks ago, I was not on top of my game. At least physically. We talk within the players and we know that, maybe at the beginning, we were not 100 percent as we were supposed to be when we got here. I got injured at the end of last season and then I went on holiday. Maybe I got out of my diet and, when I came back, I was not the way I was supposed to be. I was a little bit overweight. That affected my game. You can be selfish and blame it on the manager but I’m not going to do that. I’m responsible 100%, and so are the other guys.

Given that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said on Thursday he doesn’t quite know what’s wrong with the defending Premier League champions, hearing someone — anyone — speak up and explain the club’s worst start to a season in 37 years will surely be a welcome sound to any Blues supporter’s ears.

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Costa, who is eligible to return from suspension next weekend when Aston Villa visit Stamford Bridge, has scored just one goal in league play this season (six appearances) after scoring 20 in 26 games last season.

Sam Allardyce to open talks with Sunderland

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Now that Liverpool have selected and named their new manager, it appears Sunderland are finally ready to move forward with their own managerial search. (That’s clearly a joke, because it implies Liverpool and Sunderland ever duke it out for the same managerial candidate.)

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Anyway, the Black Cats will have to hire someone to replace the recently-departed Dick Advocaat at some point. We all knew that, despite the fact he’s probably earned a shot at that level, Bob Bradley was never really going to be considered for the job. With that in mind, if you’re not going to endear yourself to the entire United States of America with this hire, you might as well go for the best unemployed manager who’ll actually consider your approach.

That’s what Sunderland chairman Ellis Short appears to have done, as it was reported Thursday that despite an initial reluctance from Sam Allardyce — let’s be honest, he actually was holding out hope for the Liverpool job — the 60-year-old most recently in charge of West Ham United was willing and ready to enter into negotiations with the northeastern club.

One of the major sticking points during Sunderland’s courting of Allardyce is expected to be his demand for autonomy in the transfer market as well as a sizable transfer budget to sign his own players during the January window.

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Allardyce seems like the no. 1 guy you’d like to bring in to steady a capsized ship — cough Sunderland cough — in any situation. Not only does he have a successful track record in the Premier League, but he’s the kind of no-nonsense leader a club like Sunderland so desperately needs as they find themselves in yet another relegation battle just eight games into the new season.

Short hopes to have Allardyce signed, sealed and delivered when the Premier League returns to action next weekend. In that event, Allardyce’s first game in charge of Sunderland would be a trip to West Bromwich Albion. His first home fixture? Home to Tyne-Wear derby rivals Newcastle United, a club whose boisterous fanbase still holds a great deal of disdain for Big Sam. Sometimes the football gods really are looking out for us.