Ex-Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football.
The 36-year-old midfielder has officially announced his retirement from his England career which has spanned 15 years. Lampard has earned 106 caps in this time.
Lampard made his 106th and final appearance for England in the goalless draw with Costa Rica at the World Cup as captain, with Roy Hodgson’s men already eliminated from the tournament in Brazil. The particular match was also Steven Gerrard’s last international match and the Liverpool captain has also announced his retirement from international football since.
The current Manchester City player released a statement via his management company and announced his decision.
“I have taken the decision to retire from international football. 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.”
“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.
“Due to my club career now going in a different direction it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first – also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football.
“It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that, with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves.
“I would like to thank all the managers that I have worked under, all the players that I have been fortunate enough to play alongside, and all the England fans for their support, not only at home, but particularly on their travels with the team around the world.
“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 left Chelsea after 13 years at Stamford Bridge this summer, joining the new MLS franchise New York City, before agreeing a short-term deal to join the Premier League champions, Manchester City.
With the departure of Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard from the England national team, Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is tipped to be the new Three Lions captain. Gerrard has also said that he wants Rooney to lead the new England generation.