Frank Lampard becomes captain in his 100th game for England
Battle against Chile on Friday will be a memorable night at the Wembley for Frank Lampard. The Chelsea midfielder will head out onto historic ground as captain of England whilst making his 100th appearance for the Three Lions.
Lampard, who will turn 36 during the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil, will be awarded with the ceremonial golden cap at Wembley for his achievement. Lampard actually made his 100th appearance for England against Ukraine back in September, but the Football Association was unable to present Lampard with the commemorative memoir.
Lampard has been handed the responsibility of leading England in the absence of Steven Gerrard. Lampard will step on the field accompanied by his two daughters, both of whom are mascots for the game. The 35-year-old attacking midfielder will be presented with the golden cap from Frank Lampard Senior and England’s 1966 World Cup hero Sir Geoff Hurst.
“It will be very special,” said Lampard. “I've seen gold caps right being given to Steven [Gerrard] and Ashley [Cole] recently and I'm very, very proud to be part of that. The idea of Sir Geoff being involved was an FA idea and I was very happy with that as I've had links with Sir Geoff all my life through my Dad knowing him and what an England hero he is.
“I requested by dad be involved as well [in the presentation]. It's the sort of thing he would normally shy away but with a bit of pressing he will get himself out there. Hopefully he will be a proud dad when he does.”
Lampard further stated that his daughters Luna and Isla were not football fans, but they were keen on celebrating their father’s success and achievements for their country.
“They are Chelsea fans and England fans and the boys in their class like talking about it, but the girls are not crazy on football,” Lampard said. “This is not normally the kind of thing I do. I normally keep it a little but more low key.
“However, you are a long time retired and they might not believe me when I am an old man telling them stories if they do not walk on the pitch and see it themselves.”
Lampard admits he will have to fight tooth and nail to earn a spot in the World Cup squad, but the former Chelsea captain remained positive of his abilities and England’s potential to acquire success.
“We were bemoaning the fact a couple of years ago that there was no youth, no exciting players who could create chances and score goals, but we have watched them all step up now,” Lampard said.
“These young boys are coming in without any fear and really adding something to the squad. It's up to every individual to stake a claim now. There is a big gap between the next England games and we need to put everything into these two games, go back to our clubs and perform as well as we can.”