On the potential eve of Frank Lampard's 100th England cap I look back at the
achievements of the Chelsea and England midfield over a long and distinguished
Lampard has been one of the best English midfielders of his generation, perhaps
only rivalled by Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. His box to box midfield displays,
fantastic scoring record and dedication makes him a feared midfielder for
opposing teams. He is recognisable across the world as a world-class player and
has been for a number of years.
In club football Lampard has only ever played for two clubs, West Ham United
and Chelsea, but has given great service to both. As a youngster at West Ham he
was recognised as a player with a great future. In 187 matches for The Hammers
between 1995 and 2001 he scored a total of 39 goals from midfield and gave his
side an extra goalscoring dimension.
His transfer to a bigger club was no surprise and when Chelsea paid £11m in
2001 it was clear he was going to be a great buy. 613 games and 205 goals later
Lampard is now a legend at Chelsea, not only as The Blues record goalscorer but
also because he is a model professional and arguably the leader of the club on
Lampard has won 13 major trophies at Chelsea, including 3 Premier League's, 4
FA Cups, the Champions League and Europa League. He is one of the most
decorated English players in the history of the game. Added to his Chelsea
success is the Intertoto Cup win for West Ham.
Despite Chelsea constantly buying world class stars Lampard has been a player
who has always fought off challenges from others and excelled when under
pressure. Last season there were possibilities that Lampard could be set to
depart the club but Lampard proved himself over and over and is playing as well
as ever for the West London club.
Internationally Lampard has given great service to his country. He has scored
29 goals so far in his career and has been a constant in an England side that
has often changed personnel regularly. He is still a key player for England and
can help the likes of Jack Wilshere adapt to international football.
If, or when, Lampard wins his 100th cap for England it will be richly deserved
and the plaudits he will receive from everyone will be fully justified. He is a
credit to his club and country.
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