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Lampard aims to celebrate 100th cap with win

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Lampard is set to become a centurion  (©GettyImages)
Lampard is set to become a centurion (©GettyImages).

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has expressed his focus lays with helping England secure a vital three points against the Ukraine on Tuesday evening rather than receiving his 100th cap for the Three Lions.

Despite leading Group H of the World Cup 2014 qualification, progress to Brazil is far from guaranteed for Roy Hodgson's men - top spot is currently shared with Montenegro, separated only by England's far superior goal difference.

Hot on their heels also sits Ukraine - England's opponent's on Tuesday, and a victory in Kiev would see them leapfrog Hodgson's side.

Lampard, 35, would become only the eighth Englishman to reach 100 caps if he features in Kiev.

"The main thing is to get the result," said Lampard. "I just hope to be involved. It wouldn't be enjoyable to get to 100 and not do it right."

The former West Ham midfielder made his England debut under Kevin Keegan, involved in a 2-1 friendly win against Belgium in 1999.

Since then Lampard has gone onto score 29 times and has captained the side on five occasions.

However despite the landmark figure looming, the 35-year old doesn't expect to captain the side against the Ukraine.

When asked if he had been approached Hodgson on the matter, Lampard replied, "I haven't had a conversation with the manager about that.

"It's not really needed. I've captained the team many teams. We've got a great captain."

Lampard's place may well be at the back of Hodgson's mind with selection problems in attack, after Daniel Sturridge joined the likes of Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll on the sidelines, unavailable through injury and suspension.

Despite the withdrawal of key players, Lampard remains upbeat that they still have the squad to cope against a side unbeaten in their past four qualifiers.

"It's a big blow [Welbeck], he's started the season well and he's a very talented player.

"I've enjoyed watching him for Man United and he score two goals the other night but we've got players who can come in and do the same job," he added.

"With Theo Walcott, Raheem Sterling, Ashley Young and James Milner, we've got a lot of depth on the wings."

Although 14 places separate the two sides in the FIFA world rankings, Lampard remains weary of the pace and threat Ukraine pose, with has seen them score 18 times in their past four matches.

"They had a bad start to the group but against us they played with a lot of talent, they have a lot of technical ability and pace on the wings," added Lampard.

"I don't think we were at our best that night but to not lose when you're not at your best is a good thing.

"We'll go there conscious they're a strong team but confident in our own abilities. We've got the team to get a result, no doubt."

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