Frank Lampard’s Euro 2012 tournament is over
England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard will play no part in next month’s European Championships with a thigh injury.
The 33-year-old was a major doubt for the tournament after picking up a thigh problem in training with the Three Lions squad yesterday.
“It’s a huge blow for the team, especially coming after the loss of another senior player in Gareth Barry,” said Hodgson. “The fact that the doctor cannot guarantee Frank could take part in any of the group matches means we have to replace him in the central midfield area.
“Apart from it being a huge blow to me and the team, I’m especially disappointed for Frank himself. He has been in very good form and was looking forward to the tournament. He made a huge contribution towards us qualifying for the Euros so it is cruel to be forced out through injury just before the tournament.”
This summer’s competition was likely to be Lampard’s final inclusion in a major tournament with England.
Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson will be called up to replace the Blues playmaker, subject to UEFA approval.