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Frank Lampard to captain England against Chile

Frank Lampard has been confirmed as England captain for Friday's friendly against Chile at Wembley.

The Chelsea midfielder will be awarded a golden cap to commemorate his 100 caps for England, and will be joined by his two daughters Luna and Isla, who are mascots at the match.

Frank Lampard has been confirmed as England captain for Friday's friendly against Chile. Credit: PA Wire

Regular captain Steven Gerrard was ruled out of the match with a hip injury, so Lampard was chosen to lead the team out at Wembley.

The FA is expecting 60,000 fans for Friday's game against the South Americans while 80,000 are due to attend the game versus Germany four days later.

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Hodgson: Frank Lampard will win 100th cap

Frank Lampard is set to win his 100th England cap against Ukraine in Kiev tomorrow, England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.

The Chelsea midfielder, 35, will become only the eight England player to reach the milestone having made his debut in 1999.

England manager Roy Hodgson during the press conferene at The Olympic Stadium, Kiev. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Speaking ahead of the game in Kiev, Hodgson said: "All things being equal, Frank will play and start the game tomorrow and win his 100th cap."

Lampard has won the Champions League, three Premier League titles and four FA Cups during his illustrious career.

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Lampard signs contract extension with Chelsea

Frank Lampard has signed a one-year contract extension with Chelsea, the club has announced.

Chelsea's Frank Lampard celebrates winning the UEFA Europa League. Credit: John Walton/PA Wire

The midfielder said: "I'm absolutely delighted. Everybody knows I always maintained the dream was to stay at Chelsea. We've been talking for ages and even though it went on for quite a period it was always amicable.

"I want to thank Mr Abramovich for everything he's done in making the dream a reality. I love this club, the staff, the players and especially the supporters, who have treated me fantastically since the day I arrived.

"The thought of helping the club to more success in the forthcoming years is all I ever wanted. I couldn't be happier."

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Frank Lampard becomes Chelsea record goalscorer

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Frank Lampard (right) runs away after scoring the record-breaking goal. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has become the club's all-time record goalscorer after finding the net twice in his club's 2-1 win at Aston Villa in the Premier League today.

The 34-year-old has 203 goals for Chelsea, surpassing Bobby Tambling's 202.

Lampard said: "People have been talking about the record a lot and it's great to get it finally, especially in an important game."

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Frank Lampard signs new deal - to write children's books

Footballer Frank Lampard has finally signed a new deal - but unfortunately for Chelsea fans it is to write children's books.

The midfielder, who is out of contract at the west London club at the end of this season, is writing a series of books, called Frankie's Magic Football, for children aged five and over.

The books will follow the adventures of school boy Frankie, his football-loving friends, and pet dog Max.

Frank Lampard is set to write a series of children's books
Frank Lampard is set to write a series of children's books Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA

Lampard 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.

"The characters are loosely based on friends and team mates I've played with over the years. I am delighted that Little Brown liked the stories as much as my children and will be publishing the Frankie's Magic Football series."

Lampard is not the first footballer to write fiction - 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

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Frank Lampard signs new deal...as an author

Frank Lampard. Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

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.

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Lampard: Gascoigne will always be my hero

England and Chelsea star Frank Lampard says Paul Gascoigne will always be his idol.

Gascoigne's agent Terry Baker said he had been drinking and needs immediate help, suggesting the 45-year-old's life is "always in danger" and fearing that "maybe no-one can save him".

"Whatever anyone says about Paul Gascoigne, he was my hero, and he will always be," Lampard said last night.

"I was lucky enough to be involved in Euro '96 with him as a kid.

"He took me under his wing, and I was completely in awe of his character, how much he was joking around, and, more than that, the quality of the footballer he was."

England players past and present attending FA Awards

Sir Bobby Charlton and Frank Lampard
Sir Bobby Charlton and Frank Lampard are among the star guests at the awards. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

England stars past and present have gathered this evening for the inaugural FA England Awards as the national football body celebrates its 150th anniversary.

The Football Association ceremony, which will issue 11 awards to men's and women's teams of all levels, is being held at St George's Park in Burton Upon Trent.

Terry 'devastated' over Lampard leaving Chelsea

The Chelsea captain John Terry has revealed he is "devastated" after Frank Lampard's agent revealed the midfielder was leaving the club in the summer when his contract expires:

Terry publicly revealed his thoughts on the social media site Instagram. Credit: Instagram/John Terry

He posted his feelings on Instagram, along with a photo of the pair celebrating winning the FA Cup.

Terry called Lampard a "hero", "legend" and "the heartbeat" of the team. Credit: Instagram/John Terry

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