Vice-captaincy role for Lampard

05 June 2010 02:17
Frank Lampard has been confirmed as England's new World Cup vice-captain. The Chelsea midfielder will assist new skipper Steven Gerrard following the knee injury which has ended former captain Rio Ferdinand's hopes of playing in the finals in South Africa. Gerrard was installed as vice-captain when Ferdinand was named skipper in February after the media storm which surrounded the axing of John Terry as captain in Fabio Capello's squad. The Liverpool midfielder has now stepped up to the full captaincy role with Lampard taking the vice-captain's slot. "I am vice-captain," confirmed Lampard, who has won 78 caps since making his international debut in 1999. "I was told by the manager and (assistant) Franco Baldini yesterday and I am very proud of that. "Obviously I am very disappointed for Rio. He is a mate. "But what can I do? I shall just try to give my input as a vice-captain." Meanwhile, Lampard has expressed his disappointment for former West Ham academy and first-team colleague Ferdinand. The Manchester United defender damaged knee ligaments during training on Friday and has been replaced by Tottenham's Michael Dawson in the squad. "I am very disappointed for him to say the least," continued Lampard. "I spoke to him last night and he is obviously very down. "He is such a good mate and for this to happen in the build-up to the biggest tournament made me feel sick in my stomach."

Source: ESA