England's Frank Lampard Retires with 6th-Most Caps in National Team History

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffAugust 27, 2014

England's Frank Lampard waves to supporters as he leaves the pitch at the end of the group D World Cup soccer match between Costa Rica and England at the Mineirao Stadium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
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Following the announcement of his retirement from international play, Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard will finish his career as the sixth-most capped player in England's history, per ESPN's Paul Carr.

Lampard's 106 caps equal the number compiled by Sir Bobby Charlton, with both players falling just short of fifth-place Ashley Cole (107), who announced his own retirement from the Three Lions earlier this year.

Sandwiched between Lampard's announcement and Cole's was that of Steven Gerrard, whose 114 caps are good for third in England's history. Topping the all-time caps list are goalkeeper Peter Shilton (125) and midfielder David Beckham (115).

Forward Wayne Rooney will likely pass them all one day, as the Manchester United superstar already has 95 national team caps at the age of 28.

Still sixth on the caps list for at least another year or two, the 36-year-old Lampard is tied with Vivian Woodward for ninth place on England's all-time goals list, having found the back of the net 29 times.

Of course, it's the goal Lampard didn't score that will be best remembered, as he famously had an equalizer against Germany disallowed in a round of 16 match at the 2010 World Cup. England went on to lose the match 4-1, while Germany finished the tournament in third.

None of Lampard's 29 goals came at a World Cup, but he did score three times at Euro 2004.