Well, as I’m sure you know, I was picked for Fabio Capello’s England squad for the game against France tonight, which was a great feeling.
As an England player I’ve been lucky enough to participate in three World Cups, two European Championships and captain England, but I still have that excited, proud feeling now when I’m told that I’ve been selected, and this time was no different. For me, there’s no greater honour than representing your country and although you know I hate to lose, tonight still remains a very special moment in my life.
A year ago, I never thought I’d make 95 caps, let alone 100, so it was an honour to play and make my 100th appearance against one of the best teams in the world. It was a very special feeling to be out on that pitch tonight. Not only was it great to start the game and get my 100th cap, more importantly it was great to be out playing for England again.
There wasn’t any shirt swapping from me, even though France’s William Gallas went to swap at the end, I had to tell him I wanted to keep this one, in fact I’m keeping all of my England kit from this special match.
I would love to continue to play for England beyond this game. I don’t want to just play this match, get my 100th cap and then retire, if I’m fit, working hard and playing well I think I can still bring something to the squad.
Finally, I would like to thank everybody for their congratulatory messages as I’ve reached this amazing landmark, I wouldn’t be here without the incredible love and support of my family and friends, and of course all of you that have supported me. Thank you very much.