World Cup: Frank Lampard to captain England in final Group D game with Costa Rica



Frank Lampard will captain England in their final World Cup game against Costa Rica after manager Roy Hodgson confirmed Steven Gerrard will start on the bench.

Hodgson has made changes ahead of Tuesday’s closing Group D encounter in Belo Horizonte, with England already condemned to a humiliating early exit from the tournament.

Gerrard will be rested for the dead rubber with Costa Rica, meaning veteran midfielder Lampard can register one more World Cup appearance.

The 36-year-old is nearing the end of his England career and this could prove to be a last cap for his country.

Ross Barkley will have the chance to impress from the start after a lively substitute appearance in Thurday’s 2-1 defeat by Uruguay, while fellow youngster Luke Shaw is set to play his first game in the tournament.

Shaw comes in for Leighton Baines, who misses out with a groin problem, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain remains absent after enduring more injury misery.

A knee injury prevented the Arsenal man from being fit for the start of the competition and he will play no part after a recurrence of the problem.

Gerrard, meanwhile, says he will not be rushed into making a decision on his international future.

Reports suggested Gerrard may use England’s press conference on Sunday to clarify his international future, amidst speculation he may retire to concentrate on his club commitments.

But the Liverpool midfielder dismissed reports that he is expected to announce his international retirement imminently, insisting he will take stock of the situation over the summer.

“There is no truth that I’ll be making any announcements within a week,” the England captain said.

“I think I need more time than that. I’ve spoken to the manager this morning and have asked him for some to consider my future, but I certainly won’t be rushing into any decision.

“I don’t feel like it’s right to make a decision now or in a week’s time.

“I’m still hurting very bad and broken over what’s gone on over the last couple of weeks, so I need to get away, get on holiday and basically clear my head before I make that big decision.”

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