The manager of the England national football team, Roy Hodgson, has made it clear that the senior pros Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are in his future plans and there is no need for them to announce retirement from international football.
However, at the same time, Hodgson also said that he would not force either of the two men to take a particular call. He would be happy with whatever they decide.
Talking to the reporters after his arrival from Brazil, Hodgson said, “Look, it’s up to them to decide. I should not tell them what to do and what not to do. But, if you ask me ‘is there still something left in them?’ I would say ‘yes’.”
“But, as I said, I am not going to force them. I would certainly be happy if they don’t announce their retirement officially. Because once you retire, you automatically become unavailable for selection.”
“If they remain active, at any point of time, I can telephone them and ask if they are willing to play a certain game. I want the scenario to be like this.”
Lampard and Gerrard have been playing international football since a very long time. The former had represented the Three Lions for the first time in 1999, while, the latter did it a year later i.e. in 2000. Both have already made more than 100 appearances for their country.
At 36 and 34 years of age respectively, it’s clear that Lampard and Gerrard have played their last World Cup, but, Hodgson can see them playing a vital role in the next Euro Championships. At least, the statements made by him suggest that.
It’s interesting to see what Lampard and Gerrard decide now after getting the backing of the manager.