Lampard hopeful over World Cup spot with England

The Chelsea midfielder netted a stunning goal as the Three Lions overcame 2014 hosts Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday and insists he still has plenty to offer Roy Hodgson
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard believes a spot in England's World Cup 2014 squad is not beyond him.

The 34-year-old veteran scored the winner for the Three Lions against Brazil in Wednesday's friendly and believes securing his future at Stamford Bridge could help springboard him into Roy Hodgson's plans next summer.

"Maybe the World Cup is within reach," Lampard told reporters.

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"I know how football is and from squad to squad it can change, and when you get to the age of 34, people do look upon things differently.

"But if I can continue playing for Chelsea and continue contributing here and when I do my bit, then the World Cup is getting nearer.

"It's certainly a target for me and I will try to keep playing at a good enough level to get there.

"I won't retire from England before that, put it that way. I also believe Roy Hodgson is the type of manager who if you are playing well enough, whatever, your age, wherever you are, will pick you."

Lampard's Chelsea contract expires at the end of the season and he is yet to have his future in west London tied down, although he claims he will not remain with the Blues just to try and keep his place in the national team.

"First and foremost I'll seek my own advice, make my own decisions," he continued. "I'm very competitive and I've got a sniff of the World Cup.

"It's only a sniff but I'll keep performing to my best and whatever decisions I take, I'll take with a view across the board to make myself happy, to try and play the best football I can."