Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Lampard considering MLS option

04 June 2014, 17:51

Miami - England midfielder Frank Lampard suggested he would probably retire from international football after the World Cup, with a move to Major League Soccer among his post-Chelsea options.

Lampard, 35, announced on Monday that he was leaving Chelsea after 13 years with the club and while he will captain England against Ecuador in their pre-World Cup friendly on Wednesday, he acknowledged this tournament could mark the end of his time with the national team.

"It is very difficult to get the words out to say that. I am very proud and very happy to play for England so I certainly want to say it after.

"If we go and win then I probably will certainly hang my boots up. I don't like to say it because I love playing but its kind of obvious that it comes in the end but I am just appreciating and enjoying every minute at the moment," he told reporters after training.

Lampard believes that in Brazil he can offer England manager Roy Hodgson more than just an experienced presence in the dressing room and says he is glad to have been able to extend his international career.

"I have had quite a few opportunities. Most players sort of finish with England in their low thirties at the most and I have had some of my most enjoyable England years at the back end, in the last two years," he said.

"I have appreciated what I have got. When you are young you don't always appreciate it. I've enjoyed the squad, the ambience around the squad and that is why I won't write myself off yet," he said

Lampard said he also wants to wait until after the tournament before making a decision about his future, but his agent has reportedly been in talks with new Major League Soccer club New York City FC who will start playing in February 2015.

The club, which is jointly owned by Manchester City and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees, signed Spain international David Villa on Monday and while nothing is yet agreed with Lampard he said it was an option he was considering.

"The America thing is an option, I make no bones about that. I am looking at different options. The main thing is that I want to carry on playing, I feel very fit and fresh and I am enjoying it," he said. "So I will keep going for as long as I feel that way. I'd love to play for a few more years."




Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Wilson Ochieng
DP Ruto accuses Raila of selling ...

DP Wiliam Ruto has castigated Raila Odinga for seeking western support to fund his 2017 election bid. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Peter Kenneth announces Uhuru 201...

Peter Kenneth has announced that he will support President Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2017 elections. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilon Ochieng
Labour Party to dump both Jubilee...

The Labour Party of Kenya is likely to avoid supportoing both the CORD and Jubilee factions during the 2017 General Elections. Read more...

Submitted by
William Korir
Ukambani MP quits Jubilee, to run...

An Ukambani MP has quit the Jubilee Party, citing voter apathy as his reason behind leaving the ruling coalition. Read more...

Submitted by
Victor Tinto
Government launches probe into Po...

The government has launched an inquiry into the circumstances that could have led to two National Police Service helicopter accidents in August and September this year. Read more...

Submitted by
Wilwon Ochieng
Deputy Governor's ally found with...

The EACC has recovered KES 2 million in fake currency from a close ally of Deputy Governor for Tharaka Nithi Eliud Mati. Read more...