Lampard never considered quitting England

Frank Lampard has insisted he never considered retiring from international football even when he was a target of derision from England supporters, Sky Sports has reported. The Chelsea midfielder is closing in on the 100-cap mark for his country and he believes in such a long international career there are bound to be times you are less than popular.

He said: “I am very proud of my England career. With England careers, they can’t always be rosy for any player especially if you are going to get towards 100 caps. The only downside is that we have not won anything. That’s something we all want to put right.

Lampard added that he felt it would have been the easy option to walk away from the national team when he began to receive criticism from supporters, claiming that once a player turns 30 it is considered acceptable to quit the international set-up – but the thought barely entered his mind.

The 34-year-old scored twice as England defeated Moldova 5-0 on Friday in their first World Cup 2014 qualification match, netting his 24th and 25th goals for his country and playing his 92nd game in the process.

Lampard missed Euro 2012 through injury but returned to international action against Moldova, captaining the side in the second-half when skipper Steven Gerrard was substituted at the break.

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