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England’s Lampard retires from international football

England midfielder Frank Lampard has retired from international football after winning 106 caps, he said on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old was released by Chelsea in May after 13 years at the London club and he signed for New York City before agreeing to move to Manchester City on a six-month loan deal.

Lampard scored 29 goals for England and captained the team in their last group match against Costa Rica at this year’s World Cup in Brazil. 

In a statement issued through his management company, he said: "It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup.

"I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt.

'Family first'

"Due to my club career now going in a different direction it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first.

"Also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football.

"It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through, and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, that we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves."

He also thanked all the managers and players he's worked with, and all England fans, and wished the England team luck in their UEFA Euro 2016 campaign.

Source: Reuters

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