Gallery: Frank Lampard's England career

After missing out on consecutive major tournament squads despite nudging his way into contention, Lampard finally became a key fixture for England leading up to the 2003/04 campaign.

Though his previous tournament exclusions were perhaps surprising given his regularity in Ranieri's Chelsea side, it did take Jose Mourinho's arrival for Lampard to truly thrive. In the Portuguese's first season Lampard netted 10 league goals, a figure he's never failed to at least match in the following nine seasons.

Unsurprisingly, Lampard's goal record for England is impressive. With 29 net-ripplers he's just one off the likes of Alan Shearer, Tom Finney and Nat Lofthouse - albeit from more games. 

The first of those came against Croatia in August 2003 when he scored England's third - a typically well-struck 25-yard drive - in their 3-1 win at Portman Road. 

Fraternising with Becks before a Euro 2004 qualifier against Liechtenstein

Striiiiiker: Lamps bags his first England goal against Croatia

"Gizza kiss, Frankie"


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