Jose Mourinho believes that once the World Cup is finished, the time will be right for Frank Lampard to hang up his international boots.
Lampard will travel to Brazil with the England squad with over 100 caps to his name and Mourinho believes international football's biggest stage is the perfect setting to finish off a glittering career.
The Chelsea manager has urged Lampard, who ended his 13-year spell at Stamford Bridge this week, to seriously consider retiring once England's campaign comes to an end.
Mourinho told reporters: "I think the World Cup is the perfect way for somebody with more than 100 caps to finish his career in the national team.
"I told him that: 'Don't go more than the World Cup. World Cup is the right moment to finish.'
Asked if Lampard respected his opinion, Mourinho said: "Yeah. Finish well and finish around 110 caps is a crazy number for a field player.
"He's not a goalkeeper that plays till 40 years of age. So right moment."
Lampard will go to the World Cup as a free agent but has been tipped to make a lucrative move to the MLS, following in the footsteps of David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane.
Mourinho admitted that although Lampard may not have what it takes to compete at an international level, he can still play a major role at the right club.
"[He] will be free just to play for a club and let's see what is his decision.
"But he's a man to play a major role in a team, not like happened in the last year - playing sometimes, sometimes not playing, playing 60 minutes, not starting every game.
"I think for him, for his mentality, for his personality, it's better to get a club and probably a competition where he is really the top man."
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