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Lampard named England vice-captain

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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.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 18: Frank Lampard of Chelsea takes his penalty which was saved by goalkeeper Allan McGregor of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Hull City at Stamford Bridge on August 18, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/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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