Tuesday August 26th, 2014

England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from international play after almost 15 years with the national team.

Lampard played his final match for England in a scoreless draw against Costa Rica at the World Cup. The 36-year-old captained England in his final cap. 

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Lampard signed with Major League Soccer’s New York City FC last month on a two-year deal and is currently on loan at Manchester City after a long career at Chelsea. 

"It has been a very tough decision for me to make," Lampard said, according to the BBC. “That is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup. I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt."

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Ex-captain Steven Gerrard also retired from England's national team following this summer's World Cup. 

Lampard scored 211 goals in 648 appearances for Chelsea and was capped 106 times for England after making his debut in 1999.  

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