Roy Hodgson names Frank Lampard as England vice-captain

Chelsea midfielder selected as backup to Steven Gerrard

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Roy Hodgson has named Frank Lampard as England's vice-captain for this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

The 35-year-old has been captain of the national side on six occasions, including England's last trip to Brazil a year ago.

In total the Chelsea midfielder has 103 caps for England, the last coming in the team's 2-0 defeat to Chile in November.

"Frank Lampard is vice-captain," Hodgson said.

"Frank's been the vice-captain all along in Steven [Gerrard]'s absences, which I think has been two, he's stepped up quite brilliantly.

"I've always thought that he was going to be a key member of this 23 because of his experience and what he brings to the team apart from pure footballing ability.

"He brings a lot of other things to us in terms of his leadership qualities and characteristics."

England's World Cup campaign begins against Italy on 14th June, with matches against Uruguay and Costa Rica to follow.