Coaching beckons for Lampard after Chelsea legend hangs up boots

Sports | 3 Feb 2017

Former Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard announced his retirement from football after spending last year with New York City in Major League Soccer.

Lampard, who started his career at West Ham, established himself as one of Europe's finest midfield players during a 13-year spell at Chelsea.

"After 21 incredible years, I have decided that now is the right time to finish my career as a professional footballer," Lampard said. "While I have received a number of exciting offers to continue playing at home and abroad, at 38 I feel now is the time to begin the next chapter in my life.

"Looking forward, I'm grateful to the FA for the opportunity to study for my coaching qualifications and I look forward to pursuing the off-field opportunities that this decision opens."

Lampard, capped 106 times by England, is Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer with 211 in over 400 appearances.


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