Frank Lampard: A tribute to the 100-cap legend
The Chelsea star recently joined an exclusive group of players who have played for England 100 times
It's no longer news that England midfielder Frank Lampard did pick up his 100th cap playing for the Three Lions in the game against Ukraine Tuesday night.
Lots of praise has already been showered on the prolific player. However, the Chelsea player who is an embodiment of hard work and humility still deserves much more.
Since earning his first cap for England on 10 October 1999 in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgium, Lampard has gone on to stamp his name in the English team as a spectacular midfield legend.
England fans herald his mastery the game and calm but lethal disposition on the field-of-play, his ferocious shot is still dreaded by opposition team's goalkeepers whenever Lampard features either for country or club.
Lampard joined an exclusive list of only seven players who have featured for England up to a 100 times with the Chelsea midfielder being the eighth. A list which consists of legendary Three Lions greats such as Billy Wright, Peter Shilton, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and fellow Chelsea teammate Ashley Cole.
After 100 caps, the 35-year-old still roar loudly for the Three Lions, churning out beautiful displays and incredible goals that is set to see him play in Brazil next year if England qualifies for the 2014 World Cup.
Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane also lends his voice to the growing number of stars - players, ex-internationals, football managers - paying glowing tribute to the Chelsea all-time leading goalscorer.
Zidane believes Lampard even at 35, is still England's key player. The World Cup winner also expressed confidence that the Chelsea midfielder will lead England to next year's final in Brazil.
It is worthy of note that Lampard's impact isn't felt only on the pitch as the ex-West Ham player provides inspiration to young England players who tap from his wealth of experience and leadership quality as well as his high work-rate.
His influence - which is believed to extend into the dressing room - would no doubt shape the upcoming generation of England stars who are billed to take over from Lampard and his generation of players when they retire.
The 2014 World Cup would likely see the England international retire from the international scene and it is gladdening to observe that there are worthy young men who could take his role in the England national team.
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