A frustrated century for Frank Lampard
Frank Lampard admits his long international career has been tinted with frustration due to England's failure to perform in major tournaments.
Lampard is expected to join the likes of Sir Bobby Charlton, David Beckham and Peter Shilton in the 100-cap club tomorrow night when England play Ukraine in Kiev.
The 35-year-old, who won his 99th cap against Moldova last Friday, has enjoyed 14 adventurous years within the England set-up, scoring 29 times and captaining the Three Lions on five occasions.
But despite all of the stunning right-foot drives, the clinical penalties and masterful assists, Lampard could not look back on his international career yesterday without mentioning the nagging sense of disappointment that has been prevalent in every England player since 1990.
Lampard has tasted three quarter-final defeats and one World Cup second round exit in South Africa, and unless England pull off a series of shocks in Brazil next summer- providing they qualify — his international career will have ended without success at a major tournament.
“There have been quite a few high points, but it’s typical of all our England careers over the last 50 years that none of us have actually gone out and won anything, so there is a frustration about that,” the Chelsea midfielder said.
Lampard made his debut way back in 1999 when England beat Belgium 2-1. “It will mean a huge deal to me and to my family,” Lampard said of the landmark.
“I was lucky enough to grow up in a football family. My dad had a huge amount of respect for Bobby Moore so I realised from a very young age how much of an honour it was to play for your country. It’s a huge thing for me.”