Youngsters, not Lampard, cries ex-England man

Former England striker Robbie Fowler has called on Roy Hodgson not to pick Frank Lampard in the Three Lions’ last World Cup game against Costa Rica, and instead give younger players a chance.

With the side out of the competition with a match left to go after losing to Uruguay and Italy, there is little to play for other than pride against Group D’s surprise package this evening.

Captain Steven Gerrard is set to be dropped in Belo Horizonte with Lampard the man to come in and replace him as skipper.

Hodgson has already hinted that inexperienced stars in his squad will be given a chance to impress with nothing on the line, and Fowler believes that he should stick to this plan by dropping the 36-year-old to the bench:

“I am not having a go at any player by any means but if Frank Lampard is going to play and captain the side, that doesn’t make sense to me,” he told talkSPORT.

“We go on about playing the kids, but he is taking one older player out and putting another older player in.

“Play the kids. Don’t be messing about to give someone a final day in the sun.”

The likes of Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw, Ross Barkley and Jordan Henderson are all expected to play despite none of them being over the age of 23.


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