Chelsea’s Frank Lampard Sets Sights on New Goal

Chelsea’s midfield man Frank Lampard enjoyed another season filled with goals in the Premier League this year and was rewarded with a one-year extension at the club he’s won it all with.

The attacking midfielder scored England’s lone goal in a 1-1 draw with Ireland at Wembley last night, securing his 96th cap for his country. In a season that saw Lampard secure his place as Chelsea’s all-time leading goal-scorer, the England man seems to have no desire to stop or slow down and has set his sights on a century of caps.

“I am on 96, I have been around for an awful long time,” Lampard said. “I saw Stevie (Steven Gerrard) get that gold cap, which was well deserved, and then Ash last night.

“If I can get there and can stay involved in future games then I would be a very proud man if I did reach that.

“Ash certainly deserves the accolades. To get 100 caps, to start every game and to play at the quality and level he has played for such a long period of time, he deserves everything.

“I think the fans gave him the very right reception, he deserved the moment and the atmosphere was brilliant.”

Lampard has enjoyed a fine career with both club and country. He’s now featured 608 times for Chelsea with that fantastic return of 203 goals. He’s earned 96 caps with England, scoring 29 times in the process.

Lampard’s next challenge comes in the form of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro as England travel to Brazil to face the Samba Boys. The last time these two teams met, England battled their way to a heroic 2-1 victory at Wembley; however, playing in Brazil will be very different and Lampard is aware of the challenge that awaits him and his teammates.

“I won’t get carried away, it will be a very tough game,” he added. “I know the Brazilian boys at Chelsea weren’t happy coming here and losing. They are certainly going to want to beat us.

“If we can go there and get a result that would be fantastic for the lads’ spirit and confidence going into the qualifiers.

“We are trying to keep improving and it is good not to lose a game. We are trying to work on the team and work on our attacking play. There are things that we are pleased with and things that we can tighten up on.

“We have a big game on Sunday, then a well-deserved break and then our minds will be on the qualifiers that are coming up.” (quotes via Sky Sports)

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