Steven Gerrard praises 'tremendous' Frank Lampard ahead of 100th cap


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If Frank Lampard wins his 100th England cap in Kiev on Tuesday night, captain Steven Gerrard hopes he will be on the pitch with him. The two veterans have not always dovetailed well in midfield, but Gerrard said that their combination worked well on Friday and hopes it will continue.

"A lot of people talk about me and Frank being in the same team," he said. "You know, we enjoy playing together.

"Nobody deserves it [100 caps] more than Frank. He's been tremendous for club and country. He's a top player. Hopefully I am on the pitch when he does get that 100th cap and I can share the moment with him because I have been with him all the way through. He's a good friend of mine. I can't wait for him to get it."

Gerrard is also pleased that Lampard stayed at Chelsea for this season, given the speculation that he might go abroad. "He is too good for LA Galaxy," said Gerrard. "You have seen his form for Chelsea at the back end of last season. It would have been sad if he had moved away, he's a great player."