Frank Lampard has insisted he will carry on playing for England for as long as he is wanted. The 32-year-old has almost certainly played in his last FIFA World Cup™ finals after England's 4-1 last-16 defeat by Germany condemned the team to an early flight home.
The Chelsea midfielder is seen as a possible casualty of the shake-up in the squad that is expected to follow but he does not intend to take a decision on his future out of the hands of Fabio Capello or any other England manager by retiring from international football.
"I want to carry on with England," said Lampard, who won his 82nd cap against Germany. "I think there will be a lot of talking, not just about me. It's important players go away and don't listen to it and concentrate on our jobs now."
Lampard had a good game against Germany but, in common with most of his team-mates, did not live up to his usual high standards in England's group matches. Presuming he is retained as head coach, Capello will name his next squad for a friendly against Hungary on August 11.
England then embark on their qualifying campaign for UEFA EURO 2012 with a match against Bulgaria at Wembley on September 3.