Chelsea star set to play his 100th game for the Three Lions in Kyiv this week.
England captain Steven Gerrard has lavished praise on compatriot Frank Lampard as the veteran Chelsea midfield player prepares to win his 100th cap for his country against Ukraine on Tuesday night, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.
The 35-year-old is set to join an exclusive band of Englishman to have played 100 or more internationals for the Three Lions when he takes to the field in Kyiv for England’s vital Group H World Cup qualifier, joining the likes of Peter Shilton, David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Billy Wright, Ashley Cole and Gerrard himself.
And the Liverpool skipper believes his midfield partner deserves all the recognition he is currently receiving for the displays that he has put in for his country since making his England debut in a friendly international against Belgium in October 1999.
“Frank deserves all the accolades that he gets,” said Gerrard.
“For me, it is always nice when we are in the same team.”
Gerrard also went on to state just how much he enjoys playing alongside Chelsea’s goalscoring midfield player for the national team, despite the years of debate that have gone on suggesting that the two men could not function together in the same team.
“A lot of people talk about me and Frank being in the same team. We enjoy playing together,” Gerrard continued.
“Frank has been tremendous for club and country. No one deserves this 100 caps more than him.
“Hopefully, I will be on the pitch when he gets that 100th cap because I have been with him all the way through. He is a good friend.”
Roy Hodgson’s side travel to the Ukrainian capital currently leading the table only on goal difference from second-placed Montenegro, albeit having played a game less than their rivals, while they are just a point clear of their third-in-the-table hosts on Tuesday.