It was only a matter of time before a young Lampard was called up for senior duty.
Kevin Keegan gave the West Ham star his big break for England, starting the 21-year-old Lampard in England's 2-1 friendly win over Belgium at Sunderland's Stadium of Light in October 1999.
He lined up alongside cousin Jamie Redknapp in midfield - and it was the latter who grabbed the headlines with a 66th-minute winner for a top, top day all round.
Trevor Sinclair, meanwhile, played just 12 times for England. It took until 2001 for his debut, though he did feature four times at the 2002 World Cup as a last-minute replacement for Danny Murphy. In fact, he was rather good on the left wing - but it didn't get much better than that.
Lampard was overlooked for a squad place at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup but his time would come.