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Chelsea star Frank Lampard still undecided on future

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Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has said that his future will be decided after next summers world cup in Brazil, assuming he is picked for Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Lampard is the Stamford Bridge club's all time record goal-scorer after signing from West Ham for £11 million in 2001, but has constantly been linked with a move to the MLS in recent years.

The 35-year-old signed a one year contract extension at Chelsea over the summer, but it remains to be seen whether he will continue his days at the Europa League holders once his deal expires.

Lampard said: "Right now, I'm not sure in my own head. At my age I understand it's not a four-year contract, it's a one-year extension. I'm more than happy with that.

"I'll make a decision after the World Cup... when we've won it and can all retire happy!"

The three time Premier League winner will captain England tonight against Chile in Steven Gerrard's absence, and also to mark the landmark of him reaching 100 caps for his country.

The West Ham academy graduate has 29 goals for England from his midfield, but knows his place at the World Cup is by no means guaranteed and believes he will have to keep working hard to make the plane.

"What we've done up to now carries a bit of weight but if your form falls off in the next six months you can't expect to be going," he said.

"We all have to be on top form. If I walked around thinking my 103 caps would get me on the plane, I'd probably be on the beach. Because that means you're taking things for granted. I don't think any of us can afford to do that.

"Because of my age, it's always going to be a bit of a dogfight to get into the squad.

"I'm not silly. I understand that, no matter what age you are, you have to react. If you end up looking around at others wondering who's performing better, you take your eye off the ball.

"I also understand that at different parts of your career, you have different challenges. I'm very determined to show the manager that I can still do it regardless of age."He's always said it doesn't matter if you're 17 or 35, that he'll not look at you any differently. That's nice to hear. The rest is up to me."

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