Chelsea's Frank Lampard is going to Buckingham Palace to collect his OBE today. The veteran midfielder who had more than 100 caps for England, is being awarded for his services to football.
Frank Lampard gave no immediate indication as to what the future might hold, instead choosing to thank those who helped him make such a success of his Stamford Bridge career:
"When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success. This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity."
Frank Lampard will leave Chelsea with plaudits from the club he served for 13 years ringing in his ears. The 35-year-old confirmed in a statement on Monday evening that he had played his last game for the Blues and will seek a new challenge after the World Cup.
Fellow England midfielder James Milner said: "He's not finished yet. He's still got that quality and still has the goals, so I am sure he'll have plenty of offers and he will choose what is right.
Goalkeeper Petr Cech was the first of Lampard's Chelsea team-mates to pay tribute: "It has been a privilege to have played with a true cfc legend and one of the most influential PL players ever".
Chelsea's Frank Lampard will earn his 100th England cap against Ukraine tonight.
The former West Ham midfielder was confirmed in the starting line up by manager Roy Hodgson.
Police are investigating claims that West Ham supporters threw coins at Frank Lampard following his 200th goal for Chelsea at the weekend.
In a statement, West Ham said:
"West Ham United will be working with Chelsea to investigate the reports of missile throwing during Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge.
Any individual found to have acted in an inappropriate way will have to face the consequences of their actions, including the possibility of a ban from attending future matches."
Publishers Little Brown say the first installment in the series, Frankie versus the Pirate Pillagers, will hit bookshops in June this year.
Two more titles, Frankie versus the Rowdy Romans and Frankie versus the Mummy’s Menace are scheduled for 2013, with a further two slated for early 2014.
Editorial Director Samantha Smith said:
"It's crucial to get kids excited about reading at an early age and Frank's vision for a series about friendship, football and fun will do just that. We think it’s brilliant and we're sure readers - and parents - will agree."
Footballer Frank Lampard has signed a new deal - but unfortunately for Chelsea fans it is with a publisher to write children's books.
The midfielder is writing a series of five stories, based on the adventures of a school boy, his football-loving friends, and pet dog Max. Aimed at children aged five and over, the series with publishers Little Brown will be called "Frankie's Magic Football".
Lampard said the characters were "loosely based on friends and team mates" he's played with over the years.
He said: "I first had the idea of Frankie and his Magic Football when reading stories to my own children. Sport and reading are two essentials for us at home, so I decided to make up my own football stories and adventures."
Lampard is not the first footballer to turn author - Arsenal star Theo Walcott has written a series of children's books and former England manager, Terry Venables, co-wrote a series of crime novels.
Frank Lampard faces a fitness test today, to be cleared to play for England in Euro 2012. The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder needs a thigh scan, after pulling up in training yesterday.
Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard told ITV News reporter Rags Martel he was happy with Chelsea's 5-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup semi-final. He said the final would be a "massive test" for Chelsea but said the team had gained a lot of confidence after defeating Spurs last night.