Lampard calls it a career with England ahead of Euro qualifiers

Frank Lampard of England shouting

By CARL SETTERLUND

England national team legend Frank Lampard has today announced his official retirement from international soccer, finishing tied with Sir Bobby Charlton for sixth-most caps at 106.

Lampard, 36, follows the lead of fellow former England captain Steven Gerrard, who announced his international retirement in July. The New York City FC Designated Player’s decision comes ahead of the start of England’s qualifiers for the 2016 UEFA European Championship.

“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 said in a statement.

Renowned for his long career at Chelsea, he was also a mainstay on the England national team for the past decade.

Lampard’s international legacy will be marked by the recurrent question of whether he and Gerrard could coexist in the same midfield, but he was notably a key member of England’s quarterfinalist squads in the 2004 European Championships and the 2006 World Cup.

The move will allow Lampard to focus on his club career. He’s currently on loan at Manchester City ahead of New York City FC’s MLS debut in 2015 when he’ll usher in the expansion franchise along with fellow veteran David Villa.

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

Lampard captained England in his final international game this past June, a World Cup group stage draw versus Costa Rica. England crashed out of the tournament without getting out of its group.

His retirement means England manager Roy Hodgson will have to pick a new captain ahead of the squad’s upcoming Euro qualifiers.

What’s your reaction to Frank Lampard’s international retirement? What highlights (or lowlights) of his will you remember most? Who should England name as its new captain?

Share your thoughts below.

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10 Responses to Lampard calls it a career with England ahead of Euro qualifiers

  1. iggy says:

    Dont understand these guys thinking it was a tough decision for them to make. There was probably a 1% chance that a 36 year old would be called up at the start of the next cycle to begin with.

  2. Del Griffin says:

    Yeah baby NYCFC

  3. Tony in Quakeland says:

    Yet another “No, I broke up with her first” announcement from former England mids…

    • Increase0 says:

      Ya, I know they brought a bunch of young guys but I found the decision to bring him and Gerard kinda odd. Guess you have to have some veterans.

      • Tony in Quakeland says:

        I don’t root for England, but they waited a cycle too long to give Gerrard the armband and put him in the middle of the field instead of Lamaprd. I felt a bit sorry for Gerrard for the way both the title race and his cup went to garbage. But as for lampard, never liked him Wish NYCFC never signed him.

  4. Quit Whining About Soccer in the US says:

    The NY Dueces’ star player can’t play for England ?

    This is going to go well.

  5. Typical MLS Fan says:

    Not like was gonna get a call up anyways. On a side note: when will BWP get his England call up?

    • Increase0 says:

      Too old. It’s just not gunna happen.

      If you wanna hold out hope for a guy. Dwyer has shot in the long term.

      • Diego's Maradoughnuts says:

        I do agree, though it should be noted that Rickie Lambert found his way into the side last year at 31 after spending most of his career in unglmourous lower division sides and even spent 4 months at a beetroot bottling plant while unemployed.

        But England will not call BWP. English perception of MLS has scarcely advanced in 20 years in my experience. They will take another 50 at least. I wonder why they don’t start taking up baseball so they can at least have something to hold over us when we have comprehensively passed them in soccer at all levels. Everybody who tried that succeeded. It was so embarrassing we quietly had baseball removed from the Olympics at the last turn (we also introduced it)