Stamford Bridge

Next Game

Chelsea v Stoke

Saturday, 04 April 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

The KC Stadium

Last Game

Hull City 2 - 3 Chelsea

Sunday, 22 March 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Thompson: Lampard an icon

Despite suffering five major-tournament heartaches, Frank Lampard should be proud of a ‘stellar’ career with England, says Phil Thompson.

Last Updated: 26/08/14 at 15:57 Post Comment

Midfielder Lampard, who won 106 caps, announced his international retirement on Tuesday, two months after England’s humbling group stage exit at the World Cup.

However, Sky Sports pundit Thompson says Chelsea's all-time leading scorer, who is currently on loan at Manchester City from New York City, served his country well.

“It’s no great shock,” Thompson told Sky Sports News HQ.

“He’s made a fantastic extension to his career at New York City and Manchester City and I think he’s thought ‘enough is enough, I’ve done my bit. If I want to prolong my career I need to give my body the best chance I can to play football’.

“He’s been an absolute pleasure. At these new clubs they will realise they are playing with an icon of the game. To do what Frank Lampard has done, play at such a level and in such a manner, I find it astonishing.

“His goalscoring record for a midfielder, I don’t think that it will ever be equalled. It’s astonishing. What a great player.

“When all this is over and done with and he does retire from the game, we’ll look back at him as a stellar performer for England, for Chelsea and for West Ham.”

Combination

After making his international debut in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgium in 1999, Lampard found the net 29 times in an England shirt.

However, throughout Sven Goran-Eriksson’s reign there was continued debate about whether Lampard and Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard could play effectively together in the centre of midfield.

While Thompson concedes the combination never truly clicked, he doesn’t believe it will detract from Lampard’s standing on the international stage.       

“Trying to pitch the both of them together never seemed to really work because at that particular time Steven was a rampaging central midfield player, so you couldn’t have both of them,” said Thompson.

“At times you didn’t see the best of them but I don’t think that will take anything away from what he’s done for England. You don’t make 106 appearances and think ‘well, things didn’t work out for me with England’. It’s a great record.”

Technology

Perhaps Lampard’s most significant lasting legacy, though, is his ‘goal’ against Germany in the 2010 World Cup, said former England centre-back Thompson.

With England trailing 2-1 in the last-16 clash, Lampard crashed a shot in off the underside of the bar, but the ball span back over the line and play continued.

Goal-line technology has since been introduced by FIFA, with the governing body’s president Sepp Blatter saying: "That [Lampard goal] was the moment for me to say, 'You can't afford for something similar to happen in the next World Cup'. We could say it is a historic day for international football."

Thompson said: “He’ll be remembered for the goal that never was. It changed the whole thing for FIFA, with it being in one of their tournaments, in a great game. He’s changed the way we use technology in matches.”  

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

European Qualifiers round-up: Holland and Italy held to draws

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late header rescued a point for Holland against Turkey in European Qualifying, while Eder spared Italy's blushes in Bulgaria.

Israel 0-3 Wales: Gareth Bale's double sends Wales top of Group B

Gareth Bale scored two and set up another as Wales moved to the top of Group B with a 3-0 win over 10-man Israel in Haifa.

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool trip to Arsenal

Raheem Sterling expects to be fit for Liverpool's trip to Arsenal, despite pulling out of England's Turin date.

Mail Box

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

Ripe Robin Still Has A Role To Play...

There is some support for the aging Robin van Perise in a frankly threadbare Mailbox. Also, more debate over homegrown players, with a suggestion of an import tax...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company