Frank Lampard aims to mark his 100th England cap with win


  • Venue: Olympic Stadium, Kiev
  • Date: Tuesday, 10 September
  • Time: 19:45 BST

Frank Lampard says he is more concerned about helping England beat Ukraine in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier than winning his 100th cap for his country.

The Chelsea midfielder will become only the eighth Three Lions player to reach the milestone if he features in Kiev.

England top Group H but will be leapfrogged by Ukraine if they lose.

Members of England's 100 club

125: Peter Shilton (1970-1990)

115: David Beckham (1996-2009)

108: Bobby Moore (1962-1973)

106: Bobby Charlton (1958-1970)

105: Billy Wright (1946-1959)

104: Ashley Cole (2001-present)

104: Steven Gerrard (2000-present)

"The main thing is to get the result," said Lampard, 35. "I just hope to be involved. It wouldn't be enjoyable to get to 100 and not do it right."

Lampard made his England debut under Kevin Keegan and alongside Alan Shearer, Paul Ince and David Seaman in a 2-1 friendly win over Belgium at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in October 1999.

Since then he has gone on to score 29 times for his country and has captained them five times.

He will join a select band of centurions to have played 100 times for England if he features against Ukraine, a list that includes current international team-mates Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole.

Lampard's goals for England

England midfielder Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard has scored 29 times since being handed his England debut by Kevin Keegan against Belgium in 1999. His favourite goal? "It would be the header at Euro 2004 against France," he said. "It was my first major tournament goal. We lost the game but the fans were terrific."

England, who go into Tuesday's game with limited options in attack after Daniel Sturridge joined the list of players unavailable because of injury and suspension, might lead Group H but their place at next year's World Cup in Brazil is far from guaranteed.

Roy Hodgson's side are level on points with Montenegro, although with a superior goal difference, but third-placed Ukraine are only a point behind the top two.

"I never dreamt of getting anywhere near 100 caps to be honest," added Lampard. "I will be very proud, 100 is a long time [playing], but first and foremost we need three points.

"I'd love to fly back from Ukraine with three points because that would put us in a strong position."

Reflecting on his previous 99 caps, the former West Ham forward said: "I've enjoyed every minute of travelling and playing for my country. What an honour that is.

"The carrot of Brazil, I would love to take part in that and everyone in the squad would."

Ukraine have won their past four qualifiers - scoring 18 times - and while Hodgson's side comfortably overcame Moldova 4-0 at Wembley on Friday, Ukraine hammered San Marino 9-0.

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Lampard's late penalty rescued England a 1-1 draw when the teams met at Wembley in September 2012.

"They had a bad start to the group but against us they played with a lot of talent, they have a lot of technical ability and pace on the wings," added Lampard.

"I don't think we were at our best that night but to not lose when you're not at your best is a good thing," added Lampard.

"We'll go there conscious they're a strong team but confident in our own abilities.

"We've got the team to get a result, no doubt."


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