Frank Lampard
Lampard says he decided to retire from international football to focus on his club careerReuters

Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has announced his retirement from international football after 13 glorious years and 106 caps for England.

The 36-year-old midfielder, who was a part of the England 2014 World Cup squad, played his final international match as captain during the Three Lions' 0-0 draw against Costa Rica in the group stages.

Lampard, who is currently on loan at Manchester City from MLS side New York City, revealed that it was very difficult for him to make this decision.

"I have taken the decision to retire from international football. It has been a very tough decision for me to make which is why I have given it so much thought since the World Cup," Lampard told the Football Association's official website.

"I have always been exceptionally proud and honoured to represent my country and have to say looking back I have enjoyed every minute of wearing the England shirt."

The former West Ham midfielder, who joined New York City after being released by Chelsea this summer, says that his move to the USA was one of the main reasons that led to him announcing his international retirement. 

"Due to my club career now going in a different direction it is of utmost importance for me to consider my family first - also, to concentrate on how I can perform consistently to the best of my abilities over my next few years in club football," he explained.

Lampard thanked everyone for their love and support during his 13-year international career. 

"I would like to thank all the managers that I have worked under, all the players that I have been fortunate enough to play alongside, and all the England fans for their support, not only at home, but particularly on their travels with the team around the world."

Finally, Lampard, who has played in five major competitions and scored 29 goals for his country, feels that England have a bright future under manager Roy Hodgson.

"It is now the time to move forward and I feel very confident that with Roy Hodgson in charge, the young players that we have coming through, and the changes that are being made throughout the development of the youth system in this country, that we will have success in the future and a team that this country deserves," added the 36-year-old.

Lampard is the second England player to hang up his international boots following the World Cup, after captain Steven Gerrard announced his retirement in July.

Hodgson is expected to announce the new England skipper at a press conference on Thursday.

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