The A:3K Football event at
But it has been announced the event has been abandoned for this year, just a day after
It exited the World Cup with a 4-1 last-16 defeat to
Rooney was a huge disappointment throughout while Gerrard, the captain, suffered from being played out of position.
"We fully understand and respect both players' decisions. We could have replaced them with two other players but feel the players involved are six of the best in the world and that is what we promised we would deliver.
"Having consulted all parties involved, everyone agreed the only decision possible was to postpone the event until next summer when we intend to deliver the same six player line-up."
There was little opposition from event organisers once Rooney and Gerrard revealed their intention to withdraw.
President of international touring for AEG Live Rob Hallett, who was promoting the event, said: "As a football fan I totally understand and respect Steven and Wayne's decision to postpone their involvement in A:3K until next year.
"We look forward to hosting the event at the O2 Arena on the rescheduled date in
Rooney and Gerrard, who were reportedly being paid £500,000 ($894,867) each for the two-hour appearance, were faced with little choice.
The fallout from a lamentable World Cup has seen
To appear at an event publicised as 'six football superstars demonstrating the core skills that have made them what they are' would have been a PR disaster.
Rooney and Gerrard are not alone among the participants who have, for a variety of reasons, failed to deliver in
An injured Drogba exited in the group stages with Cote d'Ivoire, while Ronaldo cut a dejected figure as he was starved of possession in
Ronaldo was expected to be one of the stars of the tournament but was restricted by an ordinary
The Spaniards have fared better with Villa in sensational form, though Arsenal captain Fabregas has had to settle for a place on the bench.
Fabio Capello has declared himself 'angry' after a controversial set of World Cup player rankings was published in his name without his permission.