Frank Lampard has rightly earned a reputation as one of the world’s finest goalscoring midfielders and one English football’s most consistent performers. He established a record of 164 successive appearances in the Premier League between 2001 and 2005 and is now Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer.
There is no secret to Lampard’s success. He owes his fitness levels to years of hard work that began in boyhood, when his father, former West Ham United defender Frank Lampard Sr. taught him the habit of extra running sessions, or ‘spikes’, each day to improve his speed and stamina.
It was with West Ham that Lampard began his professional career, under the tutelage of his uncle Harry Redknapp, then manager of the east London club. After 187 appearances at Upton Park, he joined Chelsea in June 2001.
Lampard had made his England debut in 1999 but it was not until the 2003/04 campaign that he truly found his feet on the international stage. The Londoner began that season with his first goal for his country in a friendly win over Croatia and he ended it with three in four games at UEFA EURO 2004, where England reached the quarter-finals.
At 26, he was entering his prime. He hit 19 goals for Chelsea in 2004/05 to help them to their first English title for half a century and ended 2005 second only to Ronaldinho in the vote for FIFA World Player of the Year. A further Premier League success followed in 2005/06.
Lampard played for England at South Africa 2010 famously 'scoring' a goal against Germany that clearly crossed the line but was not awarded. That season he had helped Chelsea to an FA Cup and Premier League 'double' and since then he has continued to star for the Blues, guiding them to FA Cup and UEFA Champions League success in 2012. However, he was ruled out of EURO 2012 with a thigh injury.
On 10 September 2013, he became only the third English player to reach his 100th England cap in a FIFA World Cup™ qualifier with Ukraine.