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Frank Lampard still worried about World Cup place

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Lampard has 102 caps for England. (©GettyImages)
Lampard has 102 caps for England. (©GettyImages).

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has admitted that he is unsure on his place in the England World Cup squad - despite being made captain of England for Friday's friendly against Chile.

The 35-year-old, who is captain in Steven Gerrard's absence, despite winning his 103rd cap against Chile does not think he is a certain selection for the 2014 World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.

Lampard, speaking to the Guardian, said: "If I walked around thinking my 103 caps would get me on the plane I would probably be on the beach."

Manager Roy Hodgson has set out the tasks for England's more experienced players after he referred to 106-time England left-back Ashley Cole as a 'potential England left-back'.

It seems that Steven Gerrard will be the only certainty in the centre of midfield as he will be the captain for the World Cup finals, so Lampard faces a fight between he and Carrick throughout the rest of the domestic season.

In other team news Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez are both in line to pick up their first England caps after the Southampton pair's scintillating form this season has been a crucial part of Southampton's shock rise up the table.

Everton wonderkid Ross Barkley is expected to pick up his second cap during the Chile match as well as Celtic 'keeper Fraser Forster being in line for a debut. Ashley Cole will start against Chile but Everton left-back Leighton Baines is likely to play against Germany.

Lampard himself will most likely retire from international football after this summer's world cup but he wants to end on a high.

"Hopefully it'll be after a World Cup we've won and we can all retire happily. That, for me, would be the case, turning 36 then.

"But I don't want to make that clear yet because I'm not sure of it in my own head. Club-wise, pretty much the same. You understand that, at my age and at this point of my career, it's not four- or five-year contracts. It's one-year extensions, and I'm very happy with that."

Lampard has been one of England's most successful players domestically in recent years, winning no fewer than 13 major titles in his time at Chelsea.

His 102 caps put him eighth on the all-time list for most England appearances and he will be hoping that come the end of the summer he will have a World Cup which hasn't ended in heartbreak to look back on too.


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