Frank Lampard set reach personal milestone with 100 cap for England
England midfielder Frank Lampard will reach a personal milestone when he appears for the Three Lions in an important World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on Tuesday. England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed the attacking midfielder’s participation in the game.
Lampard will become the third player in the current England squad to acquire 100 caps after Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole and the England captain Steven Gerrard. The match in Kiev will feature all three centurions of England.
“Lampard will play tomorrow night,” Hodgson said. “That's quite a first. I'm happy to have been part of that. All things being equal Frank will play and start the game tomorrow and win his 100th cap
“I don't think there will be many players who will play for England for two or three years let alone 14 years. Fourteen years is a long time to be representing your country. We don't have that many international matches so I think people who want to play 100 games for their country have to play for a team that wins major international tournaments and play for a very long time.”
Hodgson further revealed that he had made only one change from the team that demolished Moldova 4-0 on Friday. The change is expected to be in the attack since England is running low on forwards and have found themselves to be losing another striker; Danny Welbeck because of suspension.
“There will only be one change to the team and that's the person who will replace Danny Welbeck,” Hodgson added. “I'll leave you to guess that.”
Hodgson also voiced concern and condemnation against Ukraine fans, who are reportedly carrying knives, threatening to harm England fans.
“We deplore that, everyone deplores that and I'm certain people in Kiev deplore that,” Hodgson said. “I don't know the circumstances. It's unfortunate these things can happen when football fans get together. I'm sad it's occurred and I only hope our fans are not going to be put off and the fans aren't so badly injured they can't attend the game.”
Meanwhile, Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko claims the game against England will be the most important game in his 34-year career as manager. A win over Ukraine will strengthen England’s position on top of Group H. Montenegro are second in the group.