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.

 

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.

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.

The Magic Sponge