Frank Lampard retires from England: Former Chelsea midfielder calls time on international career

Lampard, who is currently on loan at Manchester City, won 106 caps

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Frank Lampard has announced he has retired from international duty.

There had been speculation following England's disappointing World Cup that the midfielder would make himself unavailable - an option he has confirmed he is taking.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who is currently on loan at Manchester City from New York City FC, won 106 caps and scored 29 goals for the Three Lions.

His last game was the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica in which he captained the side with England already eliminated from the tournament.

Lampard's final game was the 0-0 draw with Costa Rica at the World Cup

In a statement, Lampard said: "I have taken the decision to retire from international football. It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup.

"I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt. Due to my club career now going in a different direction it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first.

"Also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football.

"It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through, and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, that we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves.

Frank Lampard made his debut against Belgium in 1999

"I would like to thank all the managers that I have worked under, all the players that I have been fortunate enough to play alongside, and all the England fans for their support, not only at home but particularly on their travels with the team around the world.

"I now look forward to continuing to support the team as a fan and wish them every success for the upcoming campaign towards France 2016."

Lampard retires joint-sixth with Sir Bobby Charlton on the list of all-time England appearances makers, while he has the ninth most goals. He has also scored more penalties than any other player, finding the mark with nine out of 11.