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A Chelsea footballer for a dozen years, 35-year-old Frank Lampard – on the eve of becoming an England centurion – has been lauded throughout the mainstream media for his commitment to the national cause, his professionalism, his continued excellence in the sport and his homing beacon for success. One blogger even titled him the greatest of the Premier League era.
The Daily Mail, meanwhile, reflect on an early interview with a West Ham United playing Lampard, who confesses his ultimate ambition of representing England.
Lampard may surpass the commendable international landmark should he, as is expected, be selected in the upcoming Three Lions examination against Ukraine in Kiev as England continue their push for a guaranteed place in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil next summer.
Lampard's Chelsea team-mate Michael Essien returned to Ghana duty following a two year hiatus and his second half appearance versus Zambia was so impressive that the opposition coach, Herve Renard, said he should be prefixed as a Sir.
Renard, who was also a former assistant for the Ghana team, told GhanaSoccernet: 'I don’t have a lot of experience but I never coach or trained with a fantastic player like him [Essien]. During my time in Ghana I realised why some players are different. Essien was an amazing player and a great man. I think we have to call him ‘sir’. It would have been better for us if he was in London!'
Staying in Africa, Cameroon emerged triumphant over Lybia thanks to a 1-0 scoreline which sess them master their World Cup qualifying group with a play-off match to ensure a role in Brazil the likely reward. Chelsea summer signing Samuel Eto'o played for an hour, but it appears it could be one of his last in the iconic green and red kit.
Speaking on the retirement speculation, Cameroon coach Volker Finke is quoted by ESPN to have said: 'Samuel Eto'o is a great player and it is better that he should be the one to explain things. He is the only one who can explain why he took the decision.
'Of course, he has given a lot to football in general and for Cameroonian football in particular. I cannot say more than this because he is the only one to explain this.'
And finally, at Here Is The City, Dan Coombs detailed the 11 Chelsea wonderkids who could be attracting greater column inches throughout this season and the coming years.
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