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Lamps Warned Off American Transfer

Frank Lampard’s cracking snapshot against Brazil last night was yet another exclamation mark in the faces of his Chelsea paymasters.

The Blues have stonewalled veteran midfielder Lampard, and he is set to leave the club as a free agent when his contract expires at the end of the season.

But while he may be approaching 35, Lampard continues to prove his efficacy at the highest level.

His winning goal against Brazil was the 27th of his 94 cap England career, and its perfect technique spoke volumes of his pedigree.

And England coach Roy Hodgson says that pedigree will be wasted, if as expected Lampard moves to the MLS next season.

It is thought that LA Galaxy will make Lamps the big-name replacement for his former England colleague, David Beckham.

But Hodgson has warned that while it won’t stop Lampard’s international career in its tracks, moving away from top quality European football will make the likelihood of Lamps reaching 100 England caps “difficult.”

"He was excellent tonight," Hodgson said of Lampard to reporters.

"I think he can (reach 100 caps). I hope we keep him Frank in Europe but it's not for me to discuss his future with his current club, that's between him and the club.

"I know he will have a lot of offers if Chelsea do decide they are prepared to let him go and I would rather hope that we will see him still, if not in England, then in Europe because that would make my task easier.

"If he does follow David (Beckham) and goes further afield it complicates things but it doesn't necessarily mean your career ends.

"But he of course he understands that the further afield you go the more problematic it does become for him and for the media to follow you and the national team manager."

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