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Frank Lampard says his love of playing for England is stronger than ever and has revealed that tales of 1966 World Cup winning captain and West Ham legend Bobby Moore act as an inspiration for him to reach the 100 cap milestone.
Currently six appearances short of that mark and with 27 goals, the Chelsea midfielder, who scored his 200th goal for the club against old club the Hammers on Sunday, is eighth and 11th on England’s all-time appearance and scoring chart respectively.
For someone whose childhood home was filled with tales of Moore by his father, Frank senior, representing their country is a special event indeed.
“Bobby Moore was the ultimate England player,” Lampard said.
“I grew up on tales of him from my dad. As a kid, the only time I remember him crying was when Bobby died.
“My dad’s not that kind of character really: he’s quite tough and cold at times, but he got emotional there.
“He grew up in awe of Bobby, roomed with him as a kid, and he basically said what a gentleman he was, what a character, and how much he looked up to him.
“My appreciation for playing for my country has got higher as I’ve got older.
“I realise it won’t go on forever, but I enjoy it as much as I ever did. It’s a no-brainer for me to try and stay involved.”