Frank Lampard snr talks about his son exclusively in the Montenegro match programme
England v Montenegro
2014 FIFA World Cup Qualifier
8pm, Friday 11 October 2013
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When England faced Ukraine in their last match a month ago, Frank Lampard
joined an illustrious band of players who have earned 100 caps for the Three Lions.
The midfielder chalked up his ton after his first outing against Belgium in 1999, and to mark his special achievement his dad, Frank snr, spoke exclusively in the match programme for Friday's World Cup qualifier with Montenegro
Despite all Frank jnr’s achievements in the club game – winning three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and both the UEFA Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea – his achievment for England is a particular source of pride for his father.
“The 100th cap… well that was just incredible,” beams Lampard Sr.
“I was happy with two caps during my career, but to win 100 is just something else. It’s all credit to Frank’s professionalism. He’s always kept his head down and got on with the job in hand through the ups and downs.
"He’s dedicated to England and even when they’ve been knocked out of big tournaments or [he’s] not been picked for the team, that hunger to still be involved with the national team has remained.”
Lampard Sr has travelled far and wide to watch his son and unsurprisingly has a lot of memories of him in England colours.
He particluarly remembers cap number one. The Three Lions ran out 2-1 winners against Belgium, with young Frank putting in an excellent performance, while his cousin Jamie Redknapp scored the winning goal on 66 minutes.
“Making his debut was fantastic of course,” he says. “That was a great day for the whole family, because his cousin Jamie played too.
“I can remember myself, my late wife Pat, [brother-in-law] Harry [Redknapp] and [sister-in-law] Sandra [Redknapp] all going and we all felt very honoured seeing our sons in action.”
He added: “His performances at Euro 2004 stand out, too, when he scored against France and Croatia.
"Even though England lost the game against France, I thought they were the best side and I can remember thinking ‘my word, that’s my boy performing against [Zinedine] Zidane and [Thierry] Henry.
“His goalscoring record for England, especially for a midfielder, is immense. Twenty-nine goals and, of course, it should have been 30 with his disallowed ‘goal’ against Germany at the 2010 World Cup.”
Also in the match programme, read interviews with Danny Welbeck, Tom Cleverley, Daniel Sturridge, Stevan Jovetic and Kevin Davies, who made his first and only England appearance against Montenegro in 2010.