Chelsea great Frank Lampard announced as latest addition to Premier League Hall Of Fame

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Chelsea’s club record goalscorer and former manager Frank Lampard has been the latest player to be inducted into the newly-formed Premier League Hall Of Fame.

Lampard scored 211 goals across all competitions during a 13-year career in west London, having made the move across the capital from West Ham in 2001 for a reported fee of £11million.

The midfielder was named the Premier League’s player of the season in Chelsea’s 2004/05 title winning campaign and is widely regarded as one of Chelsea’s best ever players.

In total, he made 609 appearances in the Premier League for West Ham, Chelsea and also during a brief spell with Manchester City, who he signed for on-loan after penning a two-year contract with New York City FC in the MLS.

Lampard, who won three Premier League titles during his time with Chelsea, joins Alan Shearer, Thierry Henry, Eric Cantona and Roy Keane into the Hall of Fame, which was launched in April this year.

To be eligible for the Premier League Hall of Fame, players must have been retired as of August 1 2020 and only a player’s Premier League career is considered in his candidacy.

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Lampard took over as Chelsea manager in 2019 after the club had dispensed with Maurizio Sarri. Despite having to operate with a transfer ban and then a three-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic, the former midfielder managed to steer Chelsea into the top four last season.

It didn’t quite go to plan for him in 2020/21 however after a fine start to the campaign, he was eventually sacked as manager with Chelsea languishing in ninth and was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in late January.

But that certainly doesn’t detract from Lampard’s achievements at the club as a player, and speaking on those, he said on his induction to the Hall Of Fame: “I think when Roman took over the club you could see what he wanted to build, and as a team we all had ambitions to win trophies.

“It’s so difficult to win back-to-back titles but Jose instilled that belief in us and the squad had huge talent and a great mentality.

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“It certainly pushed me personally when Chelsea started recruiting top talent from around the world. To remain playing consistently well in a team like Chelsea, with the squad we had, was a big challenge and one that I relished.

“We all worked hard and were ambitious, so in a way I think we all pushed each other to be the best we could be. It was the norm for players to stay after training and continue working and that is the mentality you need to become winners.”

There were 23 names put on the Hall of Fame shortlist for the fans vote when it was launched earlier this year and Lampard is the fifth player to be announced as having a spot.

The others are: Tony Adams, David Beckham, Dennis Bergkamp, Sol Campbell, Andrew Cole, Ashley Cole, Didier Drogba, Les Ferdinand, Rio Ferdinand, Robbie Fowler, Steven Gerrard, Matt Le Tissier, Michael Owen, Peter Schmeichel, Paul Scholes, John Terry, Robin van Persie, Nemanja Vidic, Patrick Vieira, Ian Wright.

Source by Football London

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