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Frank Lampard: England's 100 cap hero

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Frank Lampard made his 100th international appearance as England recorded a 0-0 Ukraine in a crucial World Cup qualifier at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev last night.

Chelsea’s all-time top goal scorer is the eighth player to reach the century for his country this evening, joining a select group of players which includes teammates Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard.

His England career has spanned nearly 14 years and has seen 100 caps, five captaincies, five different managers, 29 goals (including a record nine penalties) and four major tournaments.

After making his debut against Belgium at the Stadium of Light in 1999, he had to wait nearly 18 months for his second cap which came in a 3-0 win over Spain at Villa Park in February 2001.

From there he was a regular squad member under Sven-Goran Eriksson, however he missed the cut for the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea and Japan.

His impressive club form saw him appear in the shirt more frequently, and his first goal came in a friendly against Croatia in August 2003.

Euro 2004 in Portugal saw Lampard burst onto the international scene as his three goals earned him a place in the team of the tournament.

This rich vein of form continued in England’s 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, as he scored five times including the goal against Austria which sealed their passage to the finals.

He played every minute in Germany, but did not score and missed in the penalty shootout defeat to Portugal in the quarter-finals.

Following Steve McClaren’s short reign which resulted in failure to qualify for Euro 2008, Lampard scored four times in World Cup qualifiers under Fabio Capello as England strolled to the 2010 Finals in South Africa.

He was wrongly denied his first goal at the World Cup finals by the infamous Uruguayan linesman, who deemed that his strike against Germany in the second round did not cross the line. England went on to lose 4-1, compounding a disastrous tournament.

Lampard remained in the fold and captained his country for the first time against Denmark in February 2011, and wore the armband again at Wembley nine months later – scoring the winner in a 1-0 victory over reigning World and European champions Spain.

A thigh injury denied him a place at Euro 2012; however he returned to Roy Hodgson's squad after the tournament and has added six more strikes to his tally since, including four in England’s current World Cup campaign and the winner in the friendly with Brazil in February.

At 35 he is now approaching the twilight of his career, and will be hoping to add further caps and at least another major tournament appearance before hanging up his boots.

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