Lampard in line to captain England against Chile

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is expected to start for England against Chile on Friday, Sky Sports has reported, with the absence of regular captain Steven Gerrard meaning Lampard will also wear the armband for the game.

Lampard had also been a minor doubt for the match against the South Americans having had a cold earlier in the week but with the illness cleared up, the 35-year-old is expected to be picked by manager Roy Hodgson.

The game carries a special significance for Lampard as he will be presented with a golden cap to commemorate his 100th international appearance. Lampard reached the milestone against Ukraine in October, joining Gerrard and club colleague Ashley Cole as England’s active centurions.

Gerrard won’t play against Chile, however, as a hip injury has limited his involvement in training this week, with the Liverpool midfielder needing a pain-killing injection to be able to play against Germany on Tuesday. Lampard will captain the side in Gerrard’s absence.

Lampard made his England bow in an October 1999 win over Belgium, scoring the first of his 29 international goals four years later against Croatia. He is one of only eight England players to reach the three-figure mark for caps, alongside David Beckham, Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton, Billy Wright and Sir Bobby Charlton.

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