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Frank Lampard to captain England for final World Cup game

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England's last World Cup game of a disappointing campaign will be against Costa Rica this evening, and veteran Frank Lampard has been given the captaincy for their final match in Brazil for possibly his final competitive game in an England shirt, according to BBC Sport.

On route to the third game England sit bottom of Group D having lost to both Italy and Uruguay and failing to make an impact having been knocked out eight days after the tournament had kicked off.

But with the final game against top of the group Costa Rica, Roy Hodgson has given Lampard the role as captain, possibly signalling the end of his international career, but speaking to BBC Sport, the 36-year-old is still yet to make a decision on his international future.

"I don't know whether I will carry on," Lampard said.

"I will get home and make a decision at that point because I have my future at home to sort out as well."

Lampard hasn't featured so far in this years' tournament having played in both warm-up matches against Honduras and Ecuador, as Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere have both played more times in the middle of the park alongside current captain Steven Gerrard.

The midfielder has played 105 games for England scoring 29 goals, he has go on to represent England at four major tournaments spanning back to the European Championships in 2004.

The former West Ham United midfielder has never managed to score in a World Cup having had a famous goal disallowed in England's 4-1 defeat to Germany in the 2010 World Cup which instigated a move to goal-line technology in football.

After this tournament both himself and captain Steven Gerrard are said to retire after the World Cup with England's young hopefuls leading the way for the European Championships in France in 2016, and the World Cup in Russia two years later.

Meanwhile at his club Chelsea, Lampard has been placed on the released list as the Blues have decided not to offer the 36-year-old a new contract considering the midfielder has played 26 games and scored 6 goals in the league last season.

Lampard has had an illustrious career having lifted the Champions League, Premier League title and the FA Cup, as well as becoming Chelsea's all-time top goal scorer since joining in 2001, considering he is a midfielder.

Costa Rica will be England's last competitive game until they come up against Switzerland in the European Championship qualifiers in September, as Hodgson may go for a younger looking team to play on Tuesday, and to please fans by showing what the future holds for English football.

Lampard may still be undecided about what his future holds, but having the chance to captain your country in your third World Cup is a patriotic way to end any international career.

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