Frank Lampard: England are playing for 'pride'

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England midfielder Frank Lampard and manager Roy Hodgson look ahead to their dead-rubber World Cup Group D game against table-topping Costa Rica.

England midfielder Frank Lampard says that the side will be playing for pride in their final game of the World Cup against Costa Rica.

The Three Lions will face the Ticos in a dead rubber after crashing out following defeats to Italy and Uruguay in their opening two matches.

But Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer is looking to bow out of the tournament on a high.

"It's a very big game for us - for me personally and for us as a team," the 36-year-old said. "It might mean nothing in terms of qualification but in terms of pride, for every English player in the squad and the staff we want to perform well. After that, I'll make a decision on my future."

Speculation rife that Lampard may retire from international football after the tournament along with captain Steven Gerrard.

Manager Roy Hodgson will make a number of changes for the final game, and Lampard is expected to lead the side out as captain in what could be his final game for England.

Like Lampard, Hodgson is looking for the players to show the ability to be successful in future tournaments.

"My only interest is winning the game for England fans, for our future, for what we are going to be trained to do going forward," he said.

"We have a lot of pride still in our performance. It's a great opportunity for a lot of players because the team will be different to the team in the first two games."

He added: "I'm handing them a great opportunity to go out on this fantastic stage and show that they are not only players with potential, they are players who are already good enough to wear an England shirt."

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