Frank Lampard all-time worst XI

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You can't have a career like Frank Lampard has had without playing alongside some of the world's best players, but there's also been a few, shall we say, not so great, along the way.

Over a 17-year-career Lampard has continued to line up along side some truly world class players, but for every Didier Drogba there's an Iain Dowie to match.

So while more illustrious teammates may be more memorable, we take a look through Lampard's career to find some of the worst players to have had the honour of sharing a changing room with England's newest centurion.

Here, GMS Academy member Thomas Hember put's together a team made up of those players Lampard would probably rather forget. 

Goalkeeper - Ross Turnbull

Signed from Middlesbrough in the summer of 2009, Turnbull was Petr Cech's deputy for four years. Luckily for Lampard, and everyone else connected to Chelsea, Cech remained injury free and in consistently good form for the vast majority of that time.

Over those four years Turnbull's paltry 19 appearances were enough to earn him two Premier League titles, a Europa League winners medal and, most worryingly, a Champions League winners medal. Upon his release from Chelsea Turnbull has swapped glamorous West London for Doncaster. Rather you than me, Ross.

Right-Back - Tal Ben-Haim 

The Israeli defender had the pleasure of plying his trade at Stamford Bridge during the 2007-2008 season and was part of a star-studded summer recruitment drive that included the signings of Claudio Pizarro, Steve Sidwell and Fabio Borini.

Even compatriot Avram Grant couldn't bring himself to use the defender on a regular basis and Ben-Haim made his final appearance in an FA Cup tie in February 2008 before being released in the summer.  Somehow Ben-Haim and his agent managed to erase his performances at Stamford Bridge and convince five other Premier League clubs to take a punt as he had spells at Manchester City, Sunderland, Portsmouth, West Ham and QPR.

Centre-Back - Winston Bogarde

Plenty of players have been accused of hanging around the corridors of a club, picking up their wages without any interest in actually playing, but none can match a certain Dutch defender. Step forward Winston Bogarde.

His first season at Chelsea, 2000-2001, was a forgettable one with just 11 appearances, the last of which coming on Boxing Day 2000. The following season he wouldn't feature at all, while 2002-2003 was a relative success thanks to a solitary substitute appearance in the League Cup. Bogarde would not feature once over the next 18 months and ended a four year spell at the club with just 12 appearances to his name. 

Centre-Back - Ian Pearce

It's important to remember that not all Lampard's career has been spent in the Blue of Chelsea. The goal-scoring midfielder made his name as a goal-scoring midfielder for West Ham having come through their famed academy. 

During that time Lampard had the pleasure of playing in front of former Premier League winner, Ian Pearce. Having picked up a league winners medal with Blackburn in the mid-90's Pearce would join West Ham in a multi-million pound deal to join up with the likes of Lampard, Di Canio and a young Rio Ferdinand. Having never managed to rediscover the form that had made him an England under-21 international in 1995 dropped out of the Football League after his release by Fulham in 2008.

Left-Back - Khalid Boulahrouz

Chelsea would splash out £7million on Khalid Boulahrouz after the Dutchman forged a reputation as a tough-tackling, no-nonsense defender during a two-year spell at Hamburg. Unusually, this 'tough-tackling, no-nonsense defender' would adorn the number nine shirt during his time with the Blues, much to the annoyance of anyone with a fondness for squad numbers.

Despite being a regular for Holland, Boulahrouz failed to adapt to the English game and was used sparingly in the league. In his defence, and we're going to defend him because he evidently couldn't, Boulahrouz faired slightly better in the Champions League.

Midfield - Jody Morris

When coming through the ranks at Stamford Bridge, Jody Morris was touted as the next Dennis Wise, and maybe even a future England captain. Like Wise, Morris was a tigerish central midfielder who enjoyed getting from box-to-box and ruffling a few feathers. 

Unfortunately, Morris was as annoying off the pitch as he was on it. Drink driving convictions, a court appearance for sparking a nightclub brawl and allegedly abusing American tourists just days after the 9/11 terrorist attacks mean Morris is easy to dislike. Lampard and John Terry were allegedly involved in the third incident, but while they turned their career around, Morris would go on to be released by the likes of Millwall, Bristol City and Rotherham.

Midfield - Sam Dalla Bona

How can we include an Italian under-21 international with a Champions League winners medal in any kind of 'Worst XI'? Well, quite simply, he was rubbish. His Champions League gong came in his first season at AC Milan, despite not making the match-day squad. His remaining three years at the San Siro weren't actually spent at the San Siro, as Dalla Bona went on three consecutive loan spells.

While the floppy-haired midfielder made over 50 appearances for Chelsea it's important to remember that, Lampard aside, midfield competition came in the shape of Slavisa Jokanovic and the aforementioned Jody Morris.

Midfield - David Bentley

Once an international teammate of Lampard's, David Bentley is by no means the worst player in this team, however, Bentley's biggest fan was none other than... David Bentley. Touted as the next David Beckham, the Arsenal academy product failed to live up to the hype.

Based on ability alone, Bentley should not be close to this eleven, but we're putting him in for his attitude. When Stuart Pearce called Bentley up for the European Under 21 Championship in the summer of 2007, it was a chance for him to continue to show what he can do on the International scene after impressing in an appearance for England B. Instead, he decided to withdraw from the squad just days before the tournament leaving Stuart Pearce's men a man-light. 

A big money move to Tottenham followed the next summer but he never showed anything like his form at Blackburn and the now unemployed Bentley turned out to be more David Brent than David Beckham.

Striker - Darius Vassell 

Our three man strike-force kicks off with another England man, in the shape of Darius Vassell. For some reason, Swedish lothario Sven Goran Eriksson was a huge fan of the Birmingham born striker and took him to Euro 2004 alongside the likes of Lampard, Wayne Rooney and David Beckham.

With just six goals in 22 appearances for England, Vassell's England career will be best remembered for a crucial penalty miss in the quarter-final defeat to Portugal. What made that miss even worse is that seconds after Vassell, supposedly one of England's best four strikers at the time, fluffed his lines, Portugal progressed thanks to a penalty from their goalkeeper, Ricardo. If you're a striker who's less dangerous from twelve yards than a goalkeeper, you deserve your place in Lampard's worst teammates XI.

Striker - Titi Camara

Camara linked up with Lampard when he signed for West Ham in December 2000, and despite the Kop end at Liverpool seeing him as somewhat of a cult hero, he really wasn't much cop.

Failing to find the net in fourteen appearances for the Hammers, Camara is probably best remembered by the Upton Park faithful for his devilishly funny first name. Ok, so that's not a valid reason for us to put him in this team, but being unable to find the net in a team that included the attacking flair of Paolo Di Canio, Joe Cole and Freddie Kanoute, as well as Lampard, definitely is.

Striker - Fernando Torres

He may have a trophy cabinet that any player would be proud of, but in his time with Chelsea, Fernando Torres has been less than average. The man who scored goals for fun for Atletico Madrid, Liverpool and Spain wouldn't be in this team. However, the Fernando Torres we see in a Chelsea shirt week in, week out deserves his place.

Having taken fourteen games to find the back of the net for the Blues, Torres has often showed signs of finding his scoring boots. However, he's quickly misplaced them every time. Capable of finding the net in the Europa League, it's hard to remember El Nino having an impact on a big game for Chelsea and quite frankly that's not good enough for a man who cost £50million.

Disagree with this selection? Why not tell us who you think should be included among the worst XI players Frank Lampard has had the misfortune of sharing a pitch with,

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