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Lampard named England vice-captain

London – England manager Roy Hodgson has announced that veteran Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will be England's vice-captain at this summer's World Cup finals.

The 35-year-old Stamford Bridge icon, who has scored 29 goals in 103 appearances, was captain when England were last in Brazil a year ago, one of six occasions he has skippered the side.

Roy Hodgson has announced that veteran Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will be England's vice-captain at this summer's World Cup finals. Photo by Richard Heathcote. Credit: Getty Images

“Frank Lampard is vice-captain,” Hodgson said.

“Frank's been the vice-captain all along in Steven 1/8Gerrard 3/8's absences, which I think has been two, he's stepped up quite brilliantly.

“I've always thought that he was going to be a key member of this 23 (squad) because of his experience and what he brings to the team apart from pure footballing ability.

“He brings a lot of other things to us in terms of his leadership qualities and characteristics.”

England will start their World Cup campaign against Italy on June 14 before further Group D clashes with Uruguay and Costa Rica. – Sapa-AFP

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