LAMPARD THE CENTURION

Posted on: Wed 11 Sep 2013

Frank Lampard is a confirmed starter for England's World Cup qualifier in Ukraine this evening so will make his 100th international appearance.

Everyone at Chelsea Football Club congratulates Frank on the exceptional achievement in reaching such a milestone.

Ninety-eight of the 100 caps earned by our vice-captain have been as a Chelsea player, the first coming in the August of his first season at Stamford Bridge, in 2001.

Jose Mourinho said of tonight's landmark game in Kiev: 'Well done Frank and I am very proud to be part of his history, and as a Chelsea manager I now want him to have 100 caps for England under the Chelsea crest. So I want him to have at least two more.'

Lampard was given his international debut when a West Ham player by Kevin Keegan, who selected the then 21-year-old in his midfield to take on Belgium at home in October 1999. The match was won and Lampard has started in 85 of his 100 England games.

He joins seven others in the select group for his nation - Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Billy Wright, Bobby Charlton, Bobby Moore, Peter Shilton and David Beckham.

Also on the teamsheet submitted by current England manager Roy Hodgson for today's encounter with Ukraine are Cole and Gary Cahill.