International news: Frank Lampard to captain England against Chile at Wembley

Frank Lampard has praised the impact the young English players have had on the squad.

Frank Lampard: Set to make 103rd appearance against Chile

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Frank Lampard will captain England in the absence of Steven Gerrard for Friday night's friendly against Chile.

The Chelsea midfielder will also be presented with a golden cap to commemorate his 100th appearance for England in the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine last month.

Lampard's father, Frank snr, and World Cup winner Sir Geoff Hurst will make the presentation, while the player's daughters, Luna and Isla, will also be involved in the friendly international as mascots.

"One hundred caps has been a long time coming. I've seen golden caps rightly given to Steven (Gerrard) and Ashley (Cole) and I'm going to be very, very proud."

Frank Lampard

"It's a pleasure to say that Frank will lead the team out tomorrow night," said England boss Roy Hodgson at his pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon.

"He'll receive his 100th cap from his father and Sir Geoff Hurst and that will be a great occasion."

Lampard, facing the media alongside his manager, said the night was sure to be a memorable one.

"It's going to be very special," he said. "One hundred caps has been a long time coming. I've seen golden caps rightly given to Steven (Gerrard) and Ashley (Cole) and I'm going to be very, very proud.

"The Sir Geoff idea came from the FA; I've had links with him all my life - my dad knows him, he's an England hero.

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"I requested that my dad be involved because there haven't been many international fathers and sons. I've had to press him a bit to get out there but I think he'll be a very proud dad when he does."

Lampard will be 36 next summer and believes he faces a fight to make Hodgson's 23-man squad in Brazil.

"It'll be very tough," he added. "It's a great position for the manager to be in; we've bemoaned a lack of youth before and now we've watched these young boys come through and play without any fear.

"There's a big gap to the next game after these two so it's up to every individual to stake their claim. We need to put everything into these two games, go away with our clubs and try to perform as well as we can."

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