During 2008, Fabio Capello awarded caps to 35 players in ten games as England won eight, drew one and lost one. Today we look at Frank Lampard, winner of the England Player of the Year title in 2004 and 2005.Age 30
Date of Birth 20.06.78
Caps in 2008 6
Career Caps 66 Career Goals 14
England fans chose Frank Lampard as their Player of the Year in 2004 and 2005, when he got 40% and 29% of the votes respectively.
He missed Fabio Capello's first two fixtures in charge, but was back in the fold for the Wembley friendly with USA at the end of May. He slotted a superb pass through for Jermain Defoe early in the second half, substitute goalkeeper Brad Guzan blocking the Portsmouth striker's shot, and then made way for Gareth Barry on 57 minutes.
Frank was almost an ever-present in the second half of the year, starting five out of six matches. Late in the first half of the new season's opener against Czech Republic his clever dummy allowed midfield partner Steven Gerrard to test Petr Cech with a firm right-footer that he saved low to his left. Eleven minutes from time he was substituted by David Bentley.
He played all but the last few minutes of the 2-0 win against Andorra in Barcelona in September and then the whole 90 minutes as England achieved a fabulous result in Croatia in the second World Cup Qualifier four days later. He helped to create the second goal of Theo Walcott's hat-trick and had his own "goal" disallowed after Emile Heskey was adjudged to have fouled Simunic.
England picked up six more qualifying points in October and Lampard played for the whole 90 minutes against both Kazakhstan and Belarus. He set up the first two goals in the 5-1 win against Kazakhstan, watched by more than 89,000 at Wembley. His international experience - he was first capped ten years ago - continued to serve England during an encouraging year.
"I do play with minor knocks at times. I'm not saying I'm a Braveheart compared to others, but I do just get on with it."
"I can't stress the importance of working hard enough, work on all aspects of your game. If you do that and you have the ability, you'll come through."
"I think I work harder on the pitch, I cover more ground and my passing is more accurate."