Chelsea midfielder Lampard rules out England retirement

Chelsea midfield ace Frank Lampard has ruled out England retirement talk.

Chelsea midfield ace Frank Lampard has ruled out England retirement talk.

Lampard's season has been hampered by injury, but he won't consider lightening his workload with international retirement.

He told The Sun: "Definitely not and I certainly won't. I think the idea you prolong your career like that is over-exaggerated. We are talking about four to six breaks during a year. I tell you what happens at Chelsea when it's international week - you have four days off which is great.

"But then you come back and you work your b******s off to compensate for that break.

"So you probably work just as hard as if you had been with England. So it may be a mental break but in terms of slowing you down and getting a few more years out of your career... no.

"I remember Paolo Maldini played for a long, long time for club and country. He was still playing 40 games a year when he was 39.

"So the real question's not about prolonging your career, it's whether you want to play for your country or not. And I do!"

 
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