27 Aug 2014

Lampard retires from international football

5:52 am on 27 August 2014

The England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps.

England footballers Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.

England footballers Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester City on a six-month loan deal.

Lampard scored 29 goals for England and captained the team in their last group match against Costa Rica at this year's World Cup in Brazil.

Lampard says it's time to put his family first given that he is soon to be playing in the United States.

The England captain Steven Gerrard ended his long international career last month.

Lampard made his international debut against Belgium in 1999, going on to play at three World Cups and two European Championships.

He made headlines at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa when he had a goal wrongly disallowed in a second-round clash with Germany, a match England went on to lose 4-1.

Hodgson paid tribute to Lampard, telling the Football Association website that he was a superb representative both on and off the pitch.