March 24, 2017

England International, Frank Lampard Has Retired

03 February 2017, 12:44 | Carolyn Briggs

Frank Lampard right was a key figure for Chelsea for over a decade Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football at the age of 38

Frank Lampard right was a key figure for Chelsea for over a decade

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from football.

When Lampard called time on his glittering 21-year career on Thursday, the 38-year-old was typically gracious and humble about his remarkable journey.

The midfielder said he was looking forward to the "next chapter" of his life after turning down "a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad". He found the net in his final Premier League appearance for Manchester City in May 2015 and, despite being hampered by injuries, still managed to score 15 times in 31 matches during the final two years of his career at New York City FC.

Lampard, who also earned 106 caps for the England national team, spent previous year with New York City in the MLS in the United States, and announced on Thursday he would be hanging up his boots.

As he realises he's become a European Champion, Lampard runs straight to the fans, hugging those who have filtered over onto the pitch and sharing the moment with the people who've followed Chelsea and him throughout his career.

One of the very best "box-to-box" midfielders of his generation, Lampard made a habit of arriving late and slamming in goals from outside the area, his tally of 41 goals from outside the box more than anyone in Premier League history.

During his playing career he also had a loan spell at Swansea City, a short stint at Manchester City and a couple of years at New York City in Major League Soccer.

In all, he got his hands on the Premier League trophy three times, grasped the FA Cup on four occasions as well as the UEFA Champions League once.

Steven Gerrard, with whom Lampard tussled often in opposition and never quite gelled with England, added his congratulations.

As Chelsea and England legend Frank Lampard retires, we look at eight facts about the midfield maestro.

Happy retirement, Frank Lampard! The Hammers sold him to Chelsea in 2001 for £11 million, where he would spend the next 13 years and make 429 appearances.

Lampard's best season for assists was in Chelsea's 2004-05 title-winning campaign.

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