highest-scoring midfielder in history after
netting 29 times in 106 games since making his
debut in 1999
Aug 26, 2014 14:02:00
Frank Lampard has
announced his retirement
from international football.
The 36-year-old, who left
Chelsea for new MLS outfit
New York City FC in July,
captained England for their
final World Cup group game against Croatia.
Lampard leaves the international scene with 106
caps and 29 goals to his name since his debut in
1999, overtaking David Platt as the Three Lions'
highest-scoring midfielder in March.
"I have taken the decision to retire from
international football," Lampard said in a
"It has been a very tough decision for me to make,
which is way I have given it so much thought since
the World Cup. I have always been exceptionally
proud and honoured to represent my country and
have to say looking back I have enjoyed every
minute of wearing the England shirt.
"Due to my club career now going in a different
direction, it is of utmost importance for me to
consider my family first. Also, to concentrate on
how I can perform consistently to the best of my
abilities over my next few fears in club football.
"It is now the time to move forward and I feel very
confident that with Roy Hodgson in charge, the
young players they we have coming through, and
the changes that are being made throughout the
development of the youth system in this country,
that we will have success in the future and a team
that this country deserves."
"I would like to thank all the managers that I have
worked under, all the players that I have been
fortunate to play alongside, and all the England fans
for their support, not only at home but particularly
on their travels with the team around the world.
"I now look forward to continuing to support the
team as a fan and wish them every success for the
upcoming campaign towards France 2016."
Roy Hodgson is set to announce his squad for the
upcoming friendly clash with Norway on September
3, before the qualification stage for Euro 2016 gets
underway against Switzerland five days later.