Lamps is ready to hit the 100 mark



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Posted Wednesday, March 20, 2013 by The Sun

Lamps is ready to hit the 100 mark
NEARLY TON ... England's Frank Lampard

FRANK LAMPARD is in the nervous nineties — but he is digging in for his century.

Chelsea veteran Lamps, 34, has won 94 caps for England.

He knows he must remain part of Roy Hodgson’s plans next season if he is to reach the 100-plus mark.

His future at club level remains unclear as he will be out of contract in the summer and the Blues have yet to offer him a new deal.

But becoming only the eighth member of that exclusive 100 club is a major target for the midfielder.

As he prepared for the World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro, Lampard admitted that the achievements of skipper Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole have driven him on.

Lamps also has 27 England goals — and will become the nation’s sixth highest scorer with four more strikes.

He said: “I won’t lie, I watched Steven and Ashley deservedly reach 100 caps and it was a fantastic achievement.

“So, if I could get into the bracket, I’d be very proud.

“I remember looking at the list a few years back and seeing David Platt and
Bryan Robson, people I really respect, and the goal record they had. I’m pleased to be amongst those names.”

England’s 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore is also a member of the 100 club.

He was a man revered by Frank’s dad, WestHam legend Frank Snr.

Lamps added: “Bobby was the ultimate England player. My dad grew up in awe of Bobby — roomed with him as a kid.

“I heard all the stories that made me aware of what a great person and player he was.”

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