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Frank keeps it up

Hard to believe that even his own fans used to call him Fat Frank, but Chelsea’s Frank Lampard has just made FIFA’s three man shortlist for World Player of the Year, joining Barcelona duo Ronaldinho and Samuel Eto’o.

We picked Steven Gerrard as England’s best bet for the shortlist back when the initial nominations were announced, given his form for Liverpool in the Champions League the season prior. But Lampard’s form has been pretty ridiculous as he’s currently top scorer in the Premiership and has been doing the business for England as well.

Lampard finished second to Ronaldinho for European Player of the Year but if he manages to pull off the upset when the winner is announced on Dec 19th, he will become the first British player to win the award since it began in 1991 (and only the 6th player whose name doesn’t start with ‘R’).