Lampard to join 100 club

Frank Lampard will make his 100th England appearance against Ukraine on Tuesday in a team featuring just one change.

Last Updated: 09/09/13 at 19:31 Post Comment   

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that midfielder Frank Lampard will win his 100th cap against Ukraine in the World Cup Group H qualifier on Tuesday night.

It will be another milestone in a magnificent career that has seen the 35-year-old win three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and captain Chelsea to glory in both the Champions League and Europa League.

"Lampard will play tomorrow night," Hodgson said on Monday evening.

"That's quite a first. I'm happy to have been part of that. All things being equal Frank will play and start the game tomorrow and win his 100th cap.

"I don't think there will be many players who will play for England for two or three years let alone 14 years.

"Fourteen years is a long time to be representing your country. We don't have that many international matches so I think people who want to play 100 games for their country have to play for a team that wins major international tournaments and play for a very long time."

Lampard will play alongside two other Englishmen who have won 100 caps for their country in captain Steven Gerrard and defender Ashley Cole.Hodgson also confirmed that he would only make one change to the side which beat Moldova 4-0 at Wembley on Friday night.

That will be to replace striker Danny Welbeck, who picked up his second yellow card of World Cup qualification in the match where he also scored twice for the Three Lions.

"There are always options with regards to the system. We have got two definite forwards with us," Hodgson said.

"One can play behind him. In terms of the wide areas where Danny Welbeck started the other days as a wide left forward, we have plenty of players who can play in that position.

"Basically there will only be one change in the team and that will be the person who replaces Danny Welbeck. I will leave it to you to make your assumptions."

Steven Gerrard is determined that England mark the Lampard landmark with a win - something which did not happen in his 100th game.

Gerrard brought his century up last season when he led the team out in Stockholm, but the night proved to be an experience to forget as Zlatan Ibrahimovic ran England ragged in a 4-2 victory for the Scandinavians.

Gerrard, who will move level with Billy Wright on 105 caps on Tuesday, does not want Lampard's night at the Olympic Stadium to be tainted by a defeat which would put England's qualification hopes in doubt.

"It will be a special night for Frank, but we want to remember it for the right result," the England captain said.

"I lost on my 100th cap so hopefully that won't happen for Frank.

"Hopefully he will go away with fond memories."


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