LAMPARD NAMED ENGLAND VICE-CAPTAIN

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Frank Lampard will be his vice-captain for the World Cup in Brazil.

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard continues as the national team captain with Lampard fulfilling a similar role to his one for Chelsea for many years.

‘Frank Lampard is vice-captain,’ said Hodgson today (Sunday).

‘Frank’s been the vice-captain all along in Steven [Gerrard]’s absences, which I think has been two, he’s stepped up quite brilliantly.

‘I’ve always thought that he was going to be a key member of this 23 [man squad] because of his experience and what he brings to the team apart from pure footballing ability.

‘He brings a lot of other things to us in terms of his leadership qualities and characteristics.’

Lampard has 103 England caps, 101 while a Chelsea player, and has scored 29 international goals.

England play warm-up games against Peru on 30 May, Ecuador on 4 June and Honduras on 7 June before they begin their World Cup campaign against Italy on 14 June.

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