Say Your Farewells England, The Legend Retires.
Its been quite some time now since Frank Lampard left Chelsea, but the legend will always be loved and cherished by the Stamford Bridge crowd and probably every Chelsea fan in word. One only needs to look at the fact that despite Lamps being maneuvered shrewdly by Manchester City into their fold through New York City FC, he remains a fan’s darling at Stamford Bridge and every where else. His England career was not so glorious despite being sprinkled with some fine performances thanks to his 29 international goals.
When he decided to hang his boots altogether from national duty, there were mostly positive reactions, and many agreed that he was the finest of midfielders that the recent English generations have seen. Considering the fact that he was capped 109 times for the club, and his retirement leaves Wayne Rooney as the most experienced man in England squad, Hodgson was bound to lament the loss. It would be however completely sane to say that the timing couldn’t have been any better for everyone involved. His retirement certainly leaves a gap to be filled, and the fact that neither he nor Gerrard could ever lift a major trophy for their country was a major disappointment to say the least. Indeed, It was not Lampard who failed at any point, nor did Gerrard for that matter, it was the managers and the players that played alongside them that failed to deliver anything with such greats as Lampard within their ranks. Its an end of an era for the English Football.
Roy Hodgson managed England through their woeful FIFA World Cup campaign in Brazil and it was in Brazil that Lampard played his last international game, 10th in a World Cup. If a Chelsea fan is asked to write about Lampard, he would run out of words to express the feelings that come to mind when he thinks of Lampard. On that note, here’s what England manager Roy Hodgson had to say about Frank Lampard’s retirement:
“Frank Lampard has been a superb representative of the English game – both as a player on the pitch and an ambassador off it.”
“To reach in excess of 100 international caps is something very few professionals achieve and he is in exalted company.”
“He has served the national team quite brilliantly during his 15-year international career. It is with regret that I accept and understand the decision he’s made.”
Thus comes to an end a saga that began in 1999 against Belgium, but Blues fans fear not, cause that saga will turn into folklore and Super Frankie Lampard will live on forever at the Bridge and elsewhere.
Super, Super Frank Lampard!