Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard will be Captain of England for next month’s FIFA World Cup in Brazil, but he will not be leading them alone. England manager Roy Hodgson has announced Chelsea veteran midfielder Frank Lampard, will be serving alongside him as Vice-Captain.
35-year-old Lampard is a long-standing servant of the English side with 103 international appearances and 29 goals. He is no stranger to the Captain role himself having led the national side six times during his illustrious career.
There is no doubt Gerrard’s men will benefit from his experience in a tough group where they have been pitted against powerhouses Italy and Uruguay. Lampard, one of England’s best midfielders, clearly has the ability to step into the captain’s shoes should Gerrard ever need him to.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has yet to offer Lampard an extension on his Premier League contract, but this new appointment may influence the ‘Special One’ into letting him wear the blue jersey for another year. And though Lampard’s Chelsea future is unknown at least he has shown he’s earned Hodgson’s trust.