Moving to MLS could harm Lampard’s England career
After scoring England’s first match-winner against Brazil in 23
years, Frank Lampard was told by coach Roy Hodgson that moving to
the United States could jeopardize his national team prospects.
The 34-year-old midfielder has been informed by Chelsea that his
contract won’t be extended when it expires at the end of the
season. He has been linked with a move to Major League Soccer’s Los
Angeles Galaxy but, having already scored 11 goals for Chelsea this
season, Lampard will not be short of offers.
”I would rather hope that we will see him still, if not in
England, in Europe because of course that will make my task a bit
easier,” Hodgson said Wednesday after England’s 2-1 exhibition
victory over Brazil.
After David Beckham joined the Los Angeles Galaxy, he commuted
back and forth to play for England’s national team. He also played
on loan for AC Milan in early 2009 and 2010 in hopes of making
England’s 2010 World Cup roster.
”If he does follow David and goes further afield, that
complicate matters,” Hodgson said. ”He, of course, understands
that, the further afield you go, the more problematic it does
become for the media to follow you, and the national team coach to
But Hodgson insists that playing club soccer outside Europe
”doesn’t necessarily mean that your career ends.” Lampard hopes
to reach a century of England appearances after netting his 27th
international goal in his 94th match on Wednesday.
”I know he is going to have a lot of offers if Chelsea do
decide they are prepared to let him go,” Hodgson said.
Lampard has yet to comment on his future beyond Chelsea, where
he has been since 2001. The London club could still respond to fan
anger and reverse the decision not to offer a new contract.