As Frank Lampard's sparkling career approaches the end and with Steven Gerrard entering the final few years of his, we compare and contrast the performances and records of England's finest.

When Lampard and Gerrard burst onto the scene in 1997, many began to re-consider England as potential World Cup winners.

Lampard joined Chelsea from West Ham in 2001 for a fee in the region of £11million. 

Since then, he has scored goals for fun the the Premier League. In 606 Chelsea appearances he has scored 203 goals - a very impressive statistic for a central midfielder. 

On 23 December 2009, he was named the Premier League's player of the decade

He has recently gone on to surpass Bobby Tambling's record when he scored twice against Aston Villa to take his 202nd and 203rd goal for the Blues.

As Lampard is now 35, many are expecting him to either hang up his boots or move to America, but with 'The Special One' now back at the helm in Stamford Bridge, there may be a few more seasons left for Lampard yet. 

In 2012, Lampard captained Chelsea to their first ever Champions League victory in the absence of John Terry.

Gerrard, 33, graduated from the Liverpool academy in 1997 and has gone on to become a Liverpool legend. 

Gerrard has had numerous offers to leave the Anfield club during the past 16 seasons but he has refused; much to the joy of the Liverpool fans. 

He has captained Liverpool to Champions League glory and was instrumental in their outstanding comeback against AC Milan in 2005. 

He has scored 159 goals in 630 appearances for Liverpool. Gerrard is ranked up there with the Kop Legends like Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush

Gerrard had a brilliant season with Luis Suarez, but the club could only manage a seventh place finish; two points behind arch-rivals Everton.

Both are well-known free-kick specialists and penalty experts. Perhaps the reason Lampard has more goals than Gerrard is the fact that Gerrard usually plays a deeper role for Liverpool, whereas Lampard has the licence to roam forward.

On the international Stage, both have been vital to England. Gerrard is the current England captain and in 102 matches, he has scored 19 goals. 

Lampard has 29 goals in 97 appearances. Despite this, England have struggled at major tournaments despite a squad full of exceptional talents.

Many claim that the two cannot play together in centre-midfield for England, but others claim they complement each other. 

Whatever your view is on the pair working together, no-one can disagree with the fact that Lampard and Gerrard have been two of the Premier League's finest ever midfielders.


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