Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard on Tuesday night won his 100th cap as an England international. In their crucial World Cup qualifier against Ukraine, Lampard put in a fine shift but it was not enough to win the game for England.
Since his debut in a 2-1 win over Belgium in 1999, Lampard has been an integral part of the England set-up scoring 29 goals in the course.
The midfielder dedicated his 100th cap to his late mother, Pat, as he had “mum” stitched on his boots. He also had 100th cap stitched on his shirt.
Lampard’s England and Chelsea teammate, Ashley Cole, was quick to shower praise on the midfielder as were former footballers including Zinedine Zidane and former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin.
In an interview with Chelsea’s website, Cole said ; “I think if there's another player that does deserve it, it's him. He's never injured, he always turns up and wants to represent his country. He's looking forward to this day”.
Lampard now becomes the 8th member of England’s Club 100. He joins Peter Shilton, Sir Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Billy Wright, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole
By Eben Kofi Eshun