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Frank Lampard bids Farewell to the 3 Lions

Updated on September 1, 2014
Frank Lampard playing for England
Frank Lampard playing for England | Source
Year
App
Goals
1999
1
0
2000
0
0
2001
3
0
2002
3
0
2003
9
1
2004
13
6
2005
9
3
2006
6
2
2007
9
2
2008
6
0
2009
10
6
2010
7
0
2011
7
3
2012
3
3
2013
10
3
2014
3
0
Total
106
29
Frank Lampard's appearances and goals for England

Frank Lampard has bid a final farewell to the English national side after an international career that saw the Chelsea legend represent his country 106 times.

The 36 year old New York City FC star, who is currently on loan at Manchester City, will now be focusing on his club career after an illustrious international career that spanned 15 years in which time he managed to find the back of the net 29 times.

Lampard is only one of 8 players in England's history to have represented the 3 Lions on 100 or more occasions. His first cap for England was in 1999 in a friendly match against Belgium.

The New York City FC star had to wait till 2003 to record his first international goal for his country in a 3:1 win over Croatia.

News of Frank Lampard's retirement comes only days before England manager, Roy Hodgson, prepares to name his squad to face Norway in a friendly match on September 3.


Frank Lampard preparing to take a spot kick for England
Frank Lampard preparing to take a spot kick for England | Source

Lampard informed the public that his decision to retire is one he has given a serious thought since he returned from the FIFA World Cup in Brasil. He added that leaving the national side was not an easy decision to make, stressing that his time with the 3 Lions brought him immense pride and that he was deeply honoured at every minute he had the opportunity to put on the England shirt and represent his country.

"Due to my club career now going in a different direction it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first. Also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football."

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The former Chelsea man also used the opportunity to congratulate the current England manader, Roy Hodgson, for the direction he is taking the English team, especially with the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in the country. He hoped that the team will enjoy the success that it truly deserves and wished them well in the future.

He then went on to thank the players and managers he has had the opportunity to work with in the past, and all the English fans for their loyalty and support.

"I now look forward to continuing to support the team as a fan and wish them every success for the upcoming campaign towards France 2016," he added.

Frank Lampard lining up for England
Frank Lampard lining up for England | Source

One of the unforgettable moments of Frank Lampard's career for England will have to be his disallowed goal against Germany at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Replays clearly showed the England midfielder's effort crossed the line but the referee and his assistants claimed to not have seen it.

The incident has since led to the adoption of goal-line technology in England and some international FIFA competitions - like in the just concluded 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Frank Lampard draws the curtain on his international career with a record of being the highest scoring midfielder in England's history. A feat he accomplished sometime in March 2014.

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    • NoelSphinx profile image
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      NoelSphinx 3 years ago from Sweden

      He truly is.

    • Rahul Kabra profile image

      Rahul Kabra 3 years ago from India

      Definitely one of England's greatest.. What a career!!