Lampard Set To Captain England Against Costa Rica

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  • Steven Gerrard will be moved to the bench for England's final World Cup 2014 match against Costa Rica on Tuesday, with Frank Lampard taking the captaincy role in his place. 

    Lampard will take Gerrard's place in midfield for England's final Group D game on Tuesday 24 June against Costa Rica, Roy Hodgson's side having already bowed out of the tournament following a brace of 2-1 defeats to Italy and Uruguay.

    Lampard, 36, admitted that he is unsure whether to continue playing football at international level after the 2014 World Cup, having made a total of 105 showings for England and scored 29 goals for his country.

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    "I don't know whether I will carry on," Lampard told BBC Radio 5 Live. "I will get home and make a decision at that point because I have my future at home to sort out as well.

    "This is not the time or the place. Sitting in your room for a month, you don't always come up with the right judgement."

    Hodgson will make several changes ahead of Tuesday's match at Belo Horizonte, Lampard captaining the side where it is likely that Everton's Ross Barkley will also start for the Three Lions against Group D leaders, Costa Rica.

    Young defender Luke Shaw is set to make his first 2014 World Cup appearance in place of Leighton Baines who is suffering from a groin problem, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss out due to a persistent knee injury.

    Gerrard said that he too remained uncertain on his international future after 113 international appearances, saying: “There is no truth that I’ll be making any announcements within a week.

    "I’m still hurting very bad and broken over what’s gone on over the last couple of weeks, so I need to get away, get on holiday and basically clear my head before I make that big decision.

    "The season for Liverpool ended badly for me. I was coming out of that, trying to put it to bed, trying to get some positivity back. This is exactly what I didn’t want to happen, the exact way. The last couple of days have been grim. It hurts."

    England take on Costa Rica at 5pm on Tuesday and the match will be shown live on ITV1. Click here to compare all betting odds for the 2014 World Cup.

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