36-year-old English footballer, Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football. The former Chelsea player who is currently on loan at Manchester City from New York City FC made the announcement today.
He had 106 caps and netted 29 times for the Three Lions of England since making his debut in 1999. He retires as the highest goal scoring midfielder ever of the English national team
Part of the statement announcing Lampard’s retirement reads:
“I have taken the decision to retire from international football.”
“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.”
England faces Norway in a friendly match on the 3rd of September 3 and would then go ahead to face Switzerland on the 8th in a Euro 2016 match.