Gallery: Frank Lampard's England career

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. 

Modelling the footballers' favourite mid-career autobiography in 2006

First on, last off the pitch

Celebrating 50 caps with McClaren

Scoring against Germany at Wembley

Booed against Estonia after coming off the bench

Breaking his duck against Slovakia