England v Chile: Frank Lampard confirmed as captain in absence of Steven Gerrard
The Chelsea midfielder will lead out the side at Wembley on Friday
Thursday 14 November 2013
Frank Lampard has been confirmed as England captain for Friday's friendly against Chile at Wembley.
Regular skipper Steven Gerrard is out with a hip injury, so Lampard will lead the team out at Wembley instead.
Before kick-off the Chelsea midfielder will be awarded a golden cap to commemorate his 100th appearance for England and he will be joined on the pitch by his two daughters Luna and Isla, who are mascots at the friendly international.
The FA confirmed on its official Twitter account that Lampard would skipper the side against Chile.
Lampard won his 100th cap against Ukraine in September, but England manager Roy Hodgson has waited until this week to mark the achievement by handing Lampard the captaincy, and his golden cap.
Gerrard has had a pain-killing injection in his hip and Hodgson is hopeful that the Liverpool midfielder will be fit for Tuesday's friendly against old foes Germany.
Although Gerrard and Michael Carrick are out, there is plenty of competition for places in midfield.
Jack Wilshere and uncapped Southampton man Adam Lallana could slot in alongside Lampard while Ross Barkley is also available, although he could start in a more advanced role just behind a lone striker.
Kyle Walker is out of the Chile game while Daniel Sturridge is also a doubt because of a foot injury.
The FA is expecting 60,000 fans for Friday's game against the South Americans while 80,000 are due to attend the game versus Germany four days later.
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