It's Finally Broken...The Big News!
As was expected, Chelsea legend and one of England's eight centurions, Frank Lampard, has finally called time on his Three Lions career as he announced his retirement from international football with immediate effect in a statement released this afternoon [Tuesday] by his management company.
The 36-year-old former Chelsea vice-captain and highest goalscorer in history - though now a New York City player on loan at English champions Manchester City - made 106 senior international appearances with the Three Lions scoring 29 goals in the process, and is one of only 8 players to have earned a century+ caps for England.
For some, the father of two will be fondly remembered for his famous 'ghost goal' against Germany at the 2010 World Cup in Africa which became all the inspiration FIFA needed for the introduction of goal-line technology into the beautiful game.
Famous for not just his goals but also humility and charisma on and off the pitch, on behalf of Vital Chelsea it's 'congratulations Super Frankie for your years of meritorious and illustrious service to the fatherland and the Pride of London, and Franks for all the memories, not least the one at the Allianz Arena; and good luck in your future endeavours...though, I must say, I'm not so sure of the good luck part whilst you're yet with the Citizens!'