England’s Frank Lampard Will Earn His 100th Cap Against Ukraine, Says Manager Roy Hodsgon

Blues star joins seven other Englishman to have reached the landmark. 

England head coach Roy Hodgson has confirmed that veteran Chelsea midfield player Frank Lampard will win his 100th cap for his country in Tuesday night’s key Fifa World Cup Group H qualifier against Ukraine in Kiev, according to reports on BBC Sport Online.

The 35-year-old will join a select band of Englishmen to have played 100 or more internationals for the Three Lions when he takes to the field in the 70,000-capacity Olympic stadium, following in the footsteps of Peter Shilton (125), David Beckham (115), Bobby Moore (108), Sir Bobby Charlton (106), Billy Wright (105), and current duo Ashley Cole (104) and captain Steven Gerrard (104), who will also both feature in the Ukrainian capital on Tuesday evening.

“Frank will play tomorrow night so that’s a quite a first,” Hodgson revealed in his pre-match press conference on Monday night on the eve of the fixture.

“I’ve been very lucky to have three players who have reached [100 caps in the same side] and all things being equal Frank will start and get his 100th cap.”

The Blues goalscoring midfield player made his England debut in a friendly international against Belgium at the Stadium of Light in October 1999 under the management of the then Three Lions boss Kevin Keegan.

And in the intervening 14-year period, Lampard has gone on to find the back of the net on an impressive 29 occasions in his 99 internationals for his country.

Meanwhile, Hodgson also confirmed that he will be making just the one enforced change to his starting lineup from Friday’s 4-0 win over Moldova at Wembley, although he would not reveal who would be replacing the suspended Danny Welbeck in the team, with Manchester City midfield player James Milner expected to be given the nod.

“Basically, there will only be one change in the team, that will be the person who replaces Welbeck. I will leave it to you to make your assumptions.”

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