In the twilight of his career Lampard has led by example, unlike some of his more controversial Chelsea and England team-mates.
So it came as little surprise when Roy Hodgson handed him the captain's armband for England's friendly against Denmark in February 2011. After being overlooked for the permanent captaincy after John Terry's premature retirement, it was just reward for England's long-serving and ever-professional talisman.
After skippering Hodgson's men to friendly victory over Italy, Lampard led from the front in their 1-0 win over Spain at Wembley with the game's only goal. But joy soon turned to despair as he was ruled out of England's Euro 2012 campaign with a thigh injury.
However, in March he reached a significant landmark by becoming England's highest-scoring midfielder, beating David Platt's record of 27 with a goal in the 8-0 demolition of San Marino at Wembley.
Now, with his sights set on a terrific ton against Ukraine on Tuesday night, Lampard can contemplate the possibility of one more major tournament. Even at 35 he's still - rightfully - one of the first names on Hodgson's teamsheet.