Former Chelsea player, Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football after winning 106 caps for the Three Lions. The midfielder has played in five major tournaments and scored 29 goals across his 15-year England career.
He is one of only eight players to have won more than a century of caps for his country.
Lampard earned his first cap for England in October 1999 in a 2–1 friendly win over Belgium, with his final Three Lions appearance coming against Costa Rica at the World Cup in June.
The 36-year-old admitted after the World Cup in Brazil he was unsure whether to continue making himself available for England, and has now followed Steven Gerrard in calling it quits.
Having left Chelsea in the summer, Lampard will head to America in January having agreed a two-year deal with New York City.
He is currently on loan at their sister club Manchester City, and admits his imminent move to the States is a big factor in his decision.
In a statement released through his management company, Lampard said: “I have taken the decision to retire from international football. It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup.
“I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt. Due to my club career now going in a different direction it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first. Also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football. It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through, and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, that we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves.
I would like to thank all the managers that I have worked under, all the players that I have been fortunate enough to play alongside, and all the England fans for their support, not only at home but particularly on their travels with the team around the world. I now look forward to continuing to support the team as a fan and wish them every success for the upcoming campaign towards France 2016.”