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England v Costa Rica - Lampard to captain in swansong?

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As Steven Gerrard is benched for England's final group stage match against Costa Rica, Frank Lampard will take his place, and will also captain the team throughout the match

This could be the last cap for the England national team, following his departure from Stamford Bridge after refusing to renew his contract.

Rumours have also been circulating around Gerrard's international future. England manager Roy Hodgson has asked Gerrard to stay on as a player and captain the team, but the Liverpool man said that he isn't ready on making a decision.

GERRARD'S COMMENTS

“There is no truth that I’ll be making any announcements within a week, I think I need more time than that. I’ve spoken to the manager this morning and have asked him for some to consider my future, but I certainly won’t be rushing into any decision," he said.

"I don’t feel like it’s right to make a decision now or in a week’s time. I’m still hurting very bad and broken over what’s gone on over the last couple of weeks, so I need to get away, get on holiday and basically clear my head before I make that big decision.”

"I'll pick the side with a view to making certain all the players get some minutes," said Roy Hodgson.

SHAW TO START?

18-year-old Southampton left-back, Luke Shaw, who has been linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, is set to make his first appearance in the World Cup, with Leighton Baines benched.

Everton's Ross Barkley is also set to start. Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still suffering from injury in his knee and will be unavailable for the game, confirmed Hodgson saying: "Alex had a slight recurrence of the knee problem and will be out. The hamstring injury to Leighton Baines has ruled him out, too." 

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