Frank Lampard’s days in an England kit may be numbered as the midfielder revealed the 2014 World Cup in Brazil may be his last stint with the England national team. Lampard, who will turn 36 next June, believes that with the younger players coming up in the England team, his time with the national team might be coming to an end.
The Chelsea midfielder was unwilling to commit to next summer as a definite retirement date as he feels he does not want to be stuck with that decision should he decide to come back and play for the national team next year. Lampard’s quotes came on the eve of the match where the midfielder could earn his 100th cap for England as he weighs what’s ahead of him after the milestone. The Chelsea midfielder is desperate to qualify for the World Cup in June, stating his desire to not end his international career in the fall when he has the opportunity to finish in Brazil with a chance to win a World Cup.
“Realistically, I think this will be my last year,” Lampard said, according to The Guardian. “I would love us to get to Brazil because it would prolong the year, and it would be great for me to go out there. I don’t want to say ‘I’ll retire’ because the minute I say that it’s there waiting to happen, but younger players are coming through and, at 36, not too many play on at international level.
“But I’d hate to go out in the autumn [should England fail to qualify]. I enjoy being with this group of players and working with the manager, and I have a lot of respect for him. England, as a whole, want to get to the World Cup so I wouldn’t want to go out like that. We’ll go into the Ukraine game to win it. If we lose it we’d have to remain upbeat for the two home games next month and try to win them. A lot of big teams qualify through the playoffs and then go on to do really well at tournaments. It’s not how you get there: it’s just the fact of getting there.”
England currently sit at the top of World Cup qualifying Group H, tied on points with Montenegro and only one point ahead of Ukraine, who they will face off against in Kiev today. The top team in each group advances while the second place teams will enter into a playoff.