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.