Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has lauded Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard ahead of his 100th appearance for England.
Redknapp, who is Lampard's uncle, revealed he always knew Lampard would be destined to be a success for club and country.
In fact, it was Redknapp who handed Lampard his professional debut back in 1995 while he was manager of West Ham United.
Redknapp, speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, said of his nephew's achievement in the game: "I never had any doubts that he’d make it, his attitude and determination has always been fantastic.
“He’s a brilliant role model for any kid who wants to be a footballer, he is proof that if you work hard enough and practice hard enough you can achieve your goals.
“Every day when he was at West Ham, without fail, he would be out on that training ground until it was dark. All the other players had gone home.
“He was so determined to be a top player and he fully deserves his 100th England cap.”
Lampard will be hoping to celebrate his 100th cap with an all-important win over group H rivals Ukraine.
England are currently sitting top of the table on 15 points but are level on points with Montenegro - who they are scheduled to play in October along with Poland.
Roy Hodgson has made just one change to the side that defeated Moldova 4-0 on Friday night with Manchester City midfielder James Milner coming in for the suspended Danny Welbeck.
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