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Lampard admits to uncertainty over Chelsea future

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Frank Lampard says he is unsure who he will be playing for next season - but insists his club future will not affect his desire to continue playing for England.

The Chelsea midfielder, who scored the winning goal for the Three Lions in their 2-1 victory over Brazil at Wembley last night, is out of contract in the summer and looks set to leave Stamford Bridge.

The win over Luiz Felipe Scolari's side marked Lampard's Chelsea team-mate Ashley Cole's 100th international appearance for England, while Liverpool's Steven Gerrard was also honoured before the game for reaching his century last year. 

Lampard, who has 94 caps, has been linked with a move to MLS and China, and says no matter where he ends up next season he will not retire from international football, and will strive to remain at the top level wherever he goes.

When asked if his club future will hinder his chances of joining the 100 club, the 34-year-old replied: "No, because I won't retire.

"Wherever I go, whatever happens in my career - and I don't honestly know - if I can play at a great level of football and play at my best I will just see what happens.

"If I don't get to 100 caps, I have given everything in every game I have played. When you get older, you realise even more what it is to play for your country; that it won't go on for ever.

"Every time I am in and around the squad, I will give my all, whether it is starting or on the bench. I have got a lot of respect for the manager and I think he respects that I want to help in any way that I can."

With Lampard's future up in the air, England boss Roy Hodgson has urged the Chelsea midfielder to remain in Europe in order to bolster his chances of reaching 100 caps and help England qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

While Hodgson wouldn't go as far to say that a move to China or America would harm Lampard's chances of turning out for the Three Lions in the future,  he admitted it would be easier to select the former West Ham man if he remained in Europe.

"He was excellent. I think he can (reach 100 caps). I hope we'll keep Frank in England," he said.

"It's not for me to discuss his future with his current club. I know he'll have a lot of offers if Chelsea do decide they're prepared to let him go.

"I'm rather hoping we'll still see him, if not in England then Europe which will make my task easier. If he goes further afield and follows David (Beckham to the MLS), it complicates matters but it doesn't mean your career is over with England.

"But the further afield you go, the more problematic it gets for the media and the England manager to follow you."

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