Midfielder Frank Lampard announces retirement from international competition

Nikko Villanueva – 4E Sports Contributor

Manchester, United Kingdom (4E Sports) – The 2014 FIFA World Cup was the last time midfielder Frank Lampard wore England’s national colors, after announcing his retirement from international competition.

Lampard made his debut for England in 1999 and was capped 106 times since then.

The 36-year-old follows national club captain and teammate Steven Gerrard, who also called it off from international stage last month.

Lampard’s last campaign for the Three Lions ended in a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica in the World Cup.

Even though he started in 1999, it was in 2004 when he began representing England in major championships.

“It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup,” Lampard stated.

He added, “I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt.”

According to Lampard, the decision was brought upon by his club career and his family.

He also wanted to assure his consistency for future games with his football club.

Lampard also said he trusts Roy Hodgson’s ability to manage the national team and his capability to bring success in the future.

He also expressed his gratitude to managers, players, and fans that were with him in his journey.

“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,” Lampard added.

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