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Frank Lampard Named Vice-Captain For England

Roy is going with experience as Lampard is named vice captain.

Laurence Griffiths

In a move that should surprise absolutely nobody, Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Frank Lampard will be vice-captain for England during the World Cup.

The Chelsea midfielder has 103 caps to his name and has captained England on 6 previous occasions. He will back-up Steven Gerrard ahead of experienced squad members like Wayne Rooney.

When asked about the move, Roy confirmed:

"Frank's been the vice-captain all along in Steven's absences, which I think has been twice," said Hodgson. "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," Hodgson told the Football Association website.

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

Personally I'm hoping Steven Gerrard is fit enough to play every single minute of our World Cup campaign, but if something does happen, it's comforting to know we have someone with the type of experience Lampard has.