A fixture of the England team since 2003, Frank Lampard has frequently been criticised for failing to recreate his Chelsea form on the international stage. However, despite this, he has amassed 10 starts under Hodgson, with only two other midfielders—Gerrard and Milner—being more consistent features in the starting XI.
One of the most enduring conundrums—and frustrations—for England supporters has been the inability of Gerrard and Lampard, respectively two of the best midfielders in the world in their prime, to perform together for their country. Hodgson seems to have at least partly solved this puzzle by imposing some strict demarcation on the centre of midfield, with Gerrard most frequently playing deep, with Lampard ahead of him.
However, regardless of this tactical improvement, Lampard’s significant talents have noticeably waned this season. Barring a goal glut in Chelsea’s remaining matches, this will be the first season that Lampard has failed to register double figures in 11 years, and now, aged 35, there must be question marks surrounding his ability to perform in harsh conditions after a long season.