Will Gerrard and Lampard have final chance to get it right for England ?

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Could we finally see the England midfield partnership of Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Chelsea's Frank Lampard work this World Cup ?

Gerrard and Lampard - two players who'd get into any Premier League, yet unfortunately it's been a combination that has never quite lived up to expectations at international level.

England fans have bemoaned the pair's inability to turn potential into performance, as when it comes to playing together for their country, it never quite clicks.

This World Cup will be the last for the England duo - Lampard, 35, will soon leave Chelsea for pastures new, and Gerrard is rumoured to likely retire from international football after the World Cup to focus on prolonging his Liverpool career. Brazil 2014 is the last chance for these players to gel in an England shirt.

The assumption that Lampard and Gerrard couldn't play together has resulted in previous England managers pushing Gerrard to play in a wider position. Times have changed, however, and a new influx of talent means England possess exciting prospects on both wings, allowing Gerrard to settle in his preferable position.

England manager Roy Hodgson looks set up to adopt a 4-2-3-1 formation in Brazil, with the two central midfielders posing as an anchor in front of the defence. One midfielder will be protecting the back four, while the other will be deployed as a natural midfield man. The England captain is guaranteed his starting role in that defensive midfield position, where he was so effective for Liverpool last season, but then Hodgson has a decision to make - Jordan Henderson, Jack Wilshere or Lampard ?

Lampard's simplicity accompanied by Gerrard's composure could (and should) work well together. It's the current-Chelsea man's eagerness to get on the ball that will make him a stand-out candidate. Keeping hold of the ball may prove to be the deciding factor as the opposition tire in the heat of Brazil.

Not to mention that Lampard is Chelsea's all-time top-goalscorer, a statistic that can't be so easily forgotten. Lampard has the ability to build, create and score goals at the highest-level, something he has proved throughout his career.

Both Gerrard and Lampard have adapted their games throughout their careers, but could we now see the partnership working effectively at last ?

There will, however, be competition for Lampard in that final centre-midfield role. The nimble, diverse and energetic Wilshere will be keen to partner Gerrard in the centre, offering a contrasting partnership in the middle to hold-off potential attacking threats.

Likewise, fellow Liverpool team-mate Henderson will see himself starting against Italy after his strong season for the Reds. Henderson's campaign went from strength-to-strength, and there's no doubt that the former Sunderland man will be wanting to play alongside his domestic colleague at the World Cup.

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