Could Roy Hodgson push Frank Lampard to Manchester United?

Chelsea are to release Frank Lampard at the season's end. Manchester United are said to be interested, so has Roy Hodgson just influenced his decision?

Aside from Euro 2004, Frank Lampard hasn't been a big success at international tournaments for England, failing to ignite the team at World Cup's in 2006 and 2010 despite his prolific club form.

What he can say though is that he has had plenty of positive moments in an England shirt - as well as hitting the winner in a 1-0 win over Spain in a 2011 friendly, he has now bagged a winner against Brazil.

What the future holds, is a question which even Frank Lampard is unable to answer.

Barring a dramatic U-turn, Chelsea are to release the midfielder at the end of the current campaign, and will make him one of the most in-demand free agents around the globe.

Lampard has already been linked with moves to clubs in China, in America, and the Middle East. Both Serie A clubs Lazio and Fiorentina have been credited with moves, while PSG is an outside bet.

Last night after the game, England manager Roy Hodgson told reporters he would find it very difficult to pick the player in the future if he leaves Europe at the end of the season.

PSG therefore may be a logical link, he could keep his base in London similar to David Beckham, but whether he wants to play abroad full stop is another matter when there may be an offer from a top Premier League team on the table.

Manchester United are said to have been interested in offering Lampard a short-term deal, similar to how they have kept Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs going on rolling contracts.

If Lampard wants longevity at Premier League level, he need look no further than Old Trafford where he would no doubt still be able to bring qualities to the table, even if he'd hardly be the long-term midfield solution United fans crave.

What Lampard has to weigh up, is how much he loves Chelsea, the team where he has spent over a decade and won it all, and whether he can imagine playing against them.

Given the way they seem willing to discard him and usher him out of the door, he may not feel the sense of loyalty he would had they been trying to keep him on.

Roy Hodgson would clearly love it if he stayed in the Premier League, and continued playing alongside fellow England stars such as Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck.

If Lampard wants to ensure his international prospects for one last crack at the World Cup in 2014, and no last minute offer comes in from Chelsea, Old Trafford may be the most sensible solution, rather than leaving the league he knows so well into the unknown for the very first time at such a late stage in his career.

UPDATE: The Mail claim today Roman Abramovich may be prepared to consider a u-turn and offer Frank Lampard a new deal. It'd be a wise move. Yesterday's game was the sort of high profile occasion which proves the owner was wrong in his decision not to renew his deal. 

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