With England’s World Cup exit already confirmed, Roy Hodgson yesterday announced an experimental lineup to face Costa Rica in Belo Horizonte this afternoon. Young squad members such as Phil Jones, Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling will be handed their debuts in the competition while the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney drop to the bench.
Whilst many agree with the policy of blooding youngsters ahead of the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016, the inclusion of Frank Lampard has drawn an angered response on social media. The 36 year old Chelsea legend will captain the side and earn his 106th cap in the process.
Some users on Twitter have expressed their delight at the news.
Glad Frank Lampard will start tomorrow, hope he scores in his last game #England
— Kathryn Batte (@Kathryn_Batte96) June 23, 2014
So he finally put Lampard on and Wiltshire to start tomorrow #EnglandVCostaRica
— Asha10 (@Asha10) June 23, 2014
Glad to see Lampard starting tomorrow. Shaw, Barkley and Wilshere also given a start. Gerrard should stay well away from the squad.
— Freddie (@CescAndTheCity) June 23, 2014
However, whilst the decision clearly holds sentimental value for one of England’s most capped players, the majority of fans can’t see the logic of selecting the 36 year old ahead of more youthful alternatives.
Surely England’s Euro preparations start already. What purpose does selecting Lampard serve?
— Eric Nicolson (@C_ENicolson) June 23, 2014
Not sure what the point in playing Lampard is. Surely go with players that will be be playing in the Euro qualifiers.
— Shushil Patel (@shushp) June 23, 2014
Don’t understand England team for tmrw, surely should play 11 he thinks could start Euro qualifiers? Foster, Lampard and Milner pointless
— Andy Gray (@TheRealAndyGray) June 23, 2014
What is the point of playing Lampard? Ditćh him with Gerrard, start the new era now, at the World Cup.
— gavin ainslie ☥ (@moethebarman88) June 23, 2014
Why start Lampard when he has NO future? Milner’s a bizarre one too. #HodgsonOut
— Phil Hornby (@philiphornby) June 23, 2014
England team is ludicrous. Why is lampard playing? Why is Milner playing wide? Why does Smalling deserve to start? And I’m generally pro RH!
— Math Walsh (@mathautomatic) June 23, 2014
Lampard has yet to make a decision on his international future, but most don’t expect the former Chelsea midfielder to feature much for the Three Lions after tomorrow, if at all.