Frank Lampard is just four games shy of reaching triple figures for England
Frank Lampard says he will be a proud man if he reaches a century of England caps.
The midfielder made his 96th international appearance on Wednesday night and it was his goal that earned Roy Hodgson’s men a 1-1 draw with Republic of Ireland at Wembley.
Ashley Cole was captain for the game in recognition of the left-back becoming just the seventh player to reach triple figures for England and he was presented with a golden cap before kick-off.
And now Lampard wants to join that illustrious list which includes his former skipper David Beckham and current Three Lions captain Steven Gerrard.
Lampard said: "You can't not think about it.
"I am on 96 [caps], I have been around for an awful long time. If I can get there and can stay involved in future games then I would be a very proud man if I did reach that.
"I saw Stevie get that gold cap, which was well deserved, and then Ash last night.
"Ash certainly deserves the accolades. To get 100 caps, to start every game and to play at the quality and level he has played for such a long period of time, he deserves everything.
"I think the fans gave him the very right reception, he deserved the moment and the atmosphere was brilliant."
Lampard has had another season to remember with Chelsea as he became the Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer earlier this month just days before he captained them to UEFA Europa League glory in Amsterdam.
And the 34-year-old is looking forward to his last match of the campaign – Sunday’s friendly against Brazil in Rio.
The Three Lions have travelled to South America without Daniel Sturridge after the Liverpool striker was stretchered off against Ireland with an ankle injury.
But Lampard is looking forward to facing the Samba boys in their own back yard.
He added: "I won't get carried away, it will be a very tough game.
"I know the Brazilian boys at Chelsea weren't happy coming here and losing. They are certainly going to want to beat us.
"If we can go there and get a result that would be fantastic for the lads' spirit and confidence going into the qualifiers.
"We are trying to keep improving and it is good not to lose a game. We are trying to work on the team and work on our attacking play.
"There are things we can take away from last night that we are pleased with and things that we can tighten up on.
"We have a big game on Sunday, then a well-deserved break and then our minds will be on the qualifiers that are coming up."