Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is set to join the exclusive 100 club as England manager Roy Hodgson confirmed that the veteran remained in his plans for Tuesday night.

Speaking from Ukraine ahead of the team's vital World Cup qualifier, Hodgson said: "He [Lampard] will play tonight and I have been very lucky to have three players play their 100th game during the time I have been manager. 

"All things being equal Frank will play and start the game tomorrow.

"I don't think there will be many players who will play for England for two or three years, let alone 14 years. 14 years is a long time to be representing your country."

With Hodgson also revealing that there will be only one change from the team who faced Moldova on Friday, a replacement for the suspended Danny Welbeck, Lampard will be sharing the match with two other members of the 100 club; Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole, who earlier this year earned his 100th cap against Brazil, and skipper Steven Gerrard. 

Without a doubt all Chelsea fans will view Lampard as a legend already, but supporters of other clubs may find it hard to do such a thing. Your hearts may be softened though if you see the list of players that Lampard will be joining for achieving such hard an accolade.

Starting off with the more recent, and probably the more well-known today: David Beckham who holds the record number of caps for an outfield player for England, a sum of 115 just 10 shy of Peter Shilton's 125 which is the most number of caps for a player of any position for England.

Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore and Billy Wright are the last three players to complete the members of the 100 club.

If your maths is up to scratch you'll be able to work out that Frank is the eighth player to reach the 100-cap milestone, and incidentally he happens to wear the number eight shirt for club and country; something that may add to the importance of the moment.

For any of you who are wondering where the history on Lampard's international career comes up, it follows this sentence...but don't worry it's not that boring, it's actually quite interesting, honestly.

Lampard, who has won all but two of his caps since moving to Stamford Bridge, made his international debut in October 1999 in a 2-1 friendly win against Belgium at the Stadium of Light, playing 76 minutes before being replaced by Dennis Wise.

His first senior international goal came in a 3-1 win against Croatia in August 2003 at Portman Road, when he fired into the roof of the net from 25 yards to put the seal on the victory.

A year later, at the European Championships, Lampard competed at his first major international tournament, and while England were eliminated at the quarter-final stage, on a personal note it was a fruitful experience with the Blues midfielder scoring three goals in four games.

Supporters voted Lampard England's Player of the Year twice in succession - in 2004 and 2005 - and his five goals in qualification helped the national side secure their place at the 2006 World Cup in Germany, but while he was an ever-present in the side throughout that campaign, England again exited at the quarter-final stage after losing to Portugal on penalties.

The 2010 World Cup will be remembered for the goal scored by Lampard in the quarter-final defeat against Germany which, having clearly crossed the line, was ruled out, highlighting the importance of goal-line technology.

Lampard captained England for the first time in February 2011, in a friendly against Denmark, and he was on target in the next two games as their place at Euro 2012 was booked. Unfortunately for Lampard a thigh injury ruled him out of the tournament.

His international career has seen him score winning goals against the likes of Spain and Brazil, while in the current World Cup qualifying campaign he has been a pivotal figure, scoring four times thus far.

In total, he has now scored 29 goals for his country and is England's ninth highest goalscorer, even though he is a midfielder.

Here are a few words from the man himself: "I enjoy being with this group of [England ] players. I enjoy the manager, I have a lot of respect for him.

"I enjoy playing alongside Steven [Gerrard] and Ashley [Cole], who I have played with a long time, and England as a whole - we want to get to the World Cup."

Gerrard also commented: "It is going to be a fantastic occasion for Frank and I am absolutely delighted for him that he will get the 100 caps.

"Me and Ashley [Cole] are going to move onto the same number of caps as the legend Billy Wright so it is going to be a special occasion all round, so we all want to remember it for the right result.

"I lost on my 100th cap so hopefully that will be different for Frank and he can go away with fond memories."


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