LAMPARD: COLE CAPS RICHLY DESERVED

Posted on: Thu 07 Feb 2013

Frank Lampard, who came off the bench to score the decisive goal in England's 2-1 win over Brazil, paid tribute to Ashley Cole after the Blues defender became only the seventh player in history to reach 100 caps for England.

'It's a fantastic achievement,' Lampard told the official Chelsea website. 'He's been an unbelievably consistent performer both for club and country, and he started all of those games which makes it all the more incredible.

'The consistency levels he's shown, particularly when you consider Leighton Baines has been around for a while now, have been great.

'For me, he's been one of the best in the world, and to be the first full-back to reach 100 caps is brilliant.'