Roy Hodgson has hinted that Frank Lampard is unlikely to play for England again after moving to the MLS.
England manager Roy Hodgson has hinted that Frank Lampard’s chances of playing for England could be over after his move to the MLS this summer.
Lampard joined New York City FC last month, after his contract at Chelsea expired, and it seems that Hodgson will be relying on one of England’s youngsters to replace him for the national side now.
"I’m realistic and Frank’s realistic, too,” Hodgson said. “It’s not easy, when you are playing in America, to go back and forth for the odd England game. It’s not saying it’s not a possibility, but realistically, looking forward, we know that Frank will be 38 in 2016.
"You never know when you’ll need players. Don’t forget Frank has been captain during my time, he’s been vice-captain all the time, so someone I have very close connections with and strong respect for."
Lampard has amassed a total of 106 England caps during his career, scoring 29 goals for his country, and it appears that he will be stuck on that total now.
Jermain Defoe, similarly, moved to the MLS last season and was left out of Hodgson’s World Cup squad – showing that the Three Lion’s boss clearly isn’t a fan of selecting players who are plying their trade in the American top-flight.
The news will not come as a major surprise for Lampard, though, as he has seen his chances, both at international and club level, become limited in recent times.
He played a rotational role for Chelsea last season and that was largely the reason that Jose Mourinho opted not to keep him at Stamford Bridge for another year.
Instead, he moved to New York City, but he has not taken long to re-appear in England – after completing a loan deal to Manchester City.
It is a switch that has annoyed certain sections of the Chelsea support, but it may be one which prolongs his England career – at least for another six months.