While Lampard continued to thrive in Chelsea colours in between major tournaments, his international career wasn't so rosy as England failed to qualify for Euro 2008.
A year on from World Cup disappointment in Germany he ended a 12-month goal drought by scoring against the former hosts in England's 2-1 defeat to the former hosts - their first loss at the new Wembley.
As his international career (and those around him) stuttered, Lampard's woes were compounded when he was dropped for a home qualifier against Estonia - the first time in four years he'd been demoted to the bench - and then booed as he replaced Michael Owen. England fans were criticised by Lampard's stunned team-mates - but thankfully that was the end of that.
He finished the qualifying campaign with just one goal as Steve McClaren's side failed to reach the Austria-Switzerland Finals.
Lampard, and England, came back stronger. He ended a two-year wait without a goal in a 4-0 rout of Slovakia in March 2009 - the 500th goal scored by an Englishman at Wembley - and then bagged twice as Fabio Capello's troops sought revenge over Croatia with a 5-1 drubbing. With goals also coming against Andorra and Kazakhstan, the Chelsea man was back in form.