Fans react on Twitter to Frank Lampard's international retirement

Chelsea Lampard Banner

Former Chelsea midfielder and current Manchester City loanee Frank Lampard has retired from international football.

After 15 years and 106 caps, Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football.

The 36-year-old revealed that the decision had not been an easy one, but given his age it comes as no surprise.

"It has been a very tough decision for me to make," the midfielder said in quotes published by the BBC.

"That is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup."

Lampard left Chelsea at the end of last season for a spell in the MLS with New York City.  However, he later agreed to spend the start of the Premier League campaign on loan at Manchester City.

The player's decision means he is the latest of the 'golden generation' to call time on his international career. But it is one that has caused an outpouring of appreciation, with his fans taking to Twitter to reveal their thoughts following the announcement.

Among those to praise the former Chelsea player were Gary Lineker and Peter Reid, the former calling Lampard "an outstanding finisher and a credit to the game of football."

Many believe the time has come for the next generation to be given the chance for the Three Lions, and Lampard's retirement opens up another space for Roy Hodgson to fill with those tasked with taking England on to the European Championships in 2016. 

Register for CHELSEA team updates

Register for MANCHESTER CITY team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch