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

follow you.”

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.