England midfielder Frank Lampard insists he is not planning to hang up his international boots anytime soon and that he has plans to play in the World Cup next year.
Lampard showed just what an asset he still is to the Three Lions after coming on and scoring the winner in the 2-1 victory over Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday night. It was a finish right out the top drawer and showed Roy Hodgson that there are still not many better midfielders in the game than Lampard.
If he continues his fine-form for Chelsea this campaign, then the former West Ham United man should be one of the first names on the plane to Brazil.
He offers experience, he is a role model for the younger players and most importantly, he is still a very, very good footballer. If used wisely in the tournament, he could be a massive member of the England squad.
With Lampard’s Chelsea career in doubt, some were suggesting he might be ready to call time on his international days, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
He said: “The World Cup is certainly a target for me and I will try to keep playing at a good enough level to get there.
“It’s a target. I won’t retire from England before that, put it that way.
“Maybe the World Cup is within reach but I’m not getting carried away. I know how football is.
“It can change from squad to squad and when you get to the age of 34, 35 in the summer, people do look upon things differently and fair enough.
Why Chelsea aren’t offering one of their best players a new contract seems to be strange, especially as his recent performances have shown he is playing at the top of his game.
He will be with the Blues until the end of the campaign though, that is certain, so his chances of heading to the World Cup look to be decent. Lampard might not be starting every game for his country at the moment, but there are not many men you would rather have as back-up than the 34-year-old.
“I believe he (Roy Hodgson) is the type of manager that if you are playing well enough – whatever your age, wherever you are – he will pick you and I hope that’s the case.” Lampard added.
Although the World Cup is of course the target for Frank Lampard, he must do all he can to make sure England qualify for the tournament as they are far from guaranteed to be heading to Brazil.