LAMPARD LEADS ENGLAND TO DRAW

Jun 25, 2014 Posted Under: News

Frank Lampard was England captain as they ended their participation in the World Cup with a 0-0 draw against Costa Rica.

Lampard was captaining England on his 106th appearance. It would be his last as a Chelsea player before his contract expires at the end of the month, and he was joined in the line-up by Chelsea team-mate Gary Cahill.

Cahill kept his place for the third and final group game at the heart of defence, while Lampard was used for the first time at this tournament by manager Roy Hodgson, in the centre of midfield alongside Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere.

For Lampard, it was a disciplined display, frequently sitting deeper than his midfield colleagues, though he did have one late header at goal from an England corner, while Cahill made an important early block to deny a Costa Rican attack.

England finish Group D with just one point from their three games and now fly home while Uruguay join group winners Costa Rica in the knockout stages thanks to their 1-0 win over Italy.

Chelsea’s next World Cup involvement is on Wednesday at 5pm, when John Mikel Obi, Kenneth Omeruo and Victor Moses will be looking to help Nigeria into the last 16. They face Argentina knowing a draw would be enough.

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