Lampard with Chelsea in 2008
|Full name||Frank James Lampard|
|Date of birth||20 June 1978 |
|Place of birth||Romford, London, England|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1994â€“1995||West Ham United|
|1995â€“2001||West Ham United||148||(24)|
|1995â€“1996||â†’ Swansea City (loan)||9||(1)|
|2015â€“2016||New York City||29||(15)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:53, 1 November 2016 (UTC).
â€¡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 August 2014
Training's completely different now. It used to be a lot of running and work without the ball. Now it's all with the ball, which any player loves.
I am a man who likes to play consistently; I always play better when I'm on a run of games.
I have never seen a player as driven and determined as me, quietly determined; that's why I always want to do the best.
I am certainly not the most talented player in the world; there's many a more talented player than me.
Of course it is going to be difficult for any player to get in the Chelsea side no matter who they are.
My dad shaped the footballing side of me, and Mum shaped me as a person. I've always been very close to her – we've only ever had one argument, and that was over something stupid when I was 13.
A lot of things happened when I left there, and to be fair they treated me really bad, and now I have to play against them so I don't have any feelings for them at all.
If players are performing for you, their age shouldn't really matter, especially because the older players can bring their experience to the table.
I don't think Wayne Rooney would be affected if you booed him, that's just how he is, but others go under. They really suffer with it. I think I'm somewhere in the middle… now. I've become tougher as I've got older.
I'm like everyone else: I want to play every game, but it's not possible.
I have a lot of good football talk with cabbies, but when you want to get somewhere in a hurry, it can be distracting. I always know they're going to want to talk football if 'Talksport' is on the radio.
If I lose the ball, I lose it trying to do the right thing. That's the way it is.
When you see young players coming into the squad and pushing you, no matter what age you are, you have to react. You have to worry about yourself and perform as well as you can. If you end up looking around at others, wondering who's performing better, you take your eye off the ball.
I'm not the kind of player to see out my time and sit with my bum on the bench too much. I want to be involved. That's my character.
Scoring goals is the best feeling you can have. I always look up at the stand for my family straight afterwards; it means everything to me that they travel to every game.
Of course, there will be few people who are sympathetic but you don't become a great team overnight, no matter how much money you have at your disposal.
I loved reading Roald Dahl when I was young but I had forgotten a lot about the books. I read the 'BFG' on the iPad the other day and it was so interesting to see his descriptions of clothes and places.
I'm a very private person, and you have a lot of people looking into your personal life, away from football. That's the one thing that I don't like, but I always remember how lucky we are that we're playing football.
I think it was in Moscow last year and I got changed for training the day before we played Moscow, but the fact is they actually wanted to do John's, me and John were next to each other and they did mine by mistake. John had done them I think. So yeah it is true.
I think about all my successes and failures, and sometimes the failures stick in your head as much as the wins. But you do move on.
I always dedicate my goals to my mum. I lost her a couple of years ago. She was my biggest supporter and is always with me.
The advantage does lie with us because we're at home and if we can't motivate ourselves for this match then we can't motivate ourselves for any match. I think the crowd will be up for it as well.
Everyone's got unfinished business with Barcelona. They're the greatest team in the world.
I don't know if we'd have been as dominant as we were last season. The new things, the new ideas the manager brought in everyone took them on board so well. He is special.
Reading with my children is incredibly important to me and a wonderful way to spend time together as a family, exploring magical worlds through books and stories.
Even with the quality of players that we have, they're an extremely hard side to break down and once they get on top of you, you find it difficult to stem the flow of attacks.
I have made lots of mistakes on and off the pitch, and you can only learn from them. If I can get that across, then hopefully I am doing something right.
I didn't want to be the rebel who was bottom of the class, so I worked hard. They wanted me to stay on for A-Levels, but football came calling – that was my real love.
There's that talent thing where I can score goals, and there's also that want and ambition to keep doing it and doing it and doing it. I've seen a lot of players do it for a year and then they rest on their laurels, but I've been very driven throughout my career. Without being the most talented, I think I've tried to make the most of it.
I'm happy here, and why change when you love the club and the club's in a really good position right now.
Reading and writing is so important, and it's something I am really keen to promote. It's something that can be a bit lost these days with so much else going on.
People can talk about my age for as long as they like. There is nothing better in football than proving people wrong, and I'll try to do that for as long as I can.
Nobody expects a footballer to have any kind of an IQ, which is a bit of an unfair stereotype.
I was always pretty good at school, but a lot of it was memorising, maybe cheating off your mates, stuff that gets you through.
I admit I was somewhat concerned when we started to sign so many players – naturally you are going to worry about whether you can retain your place in the side.
I don't want to be a passenger sitting on the bench not doing much, even in my older years.
If I ever have a son, I would call him Frankie, and it's a family name – it's my dad and my dad's dad, so you know, it sticks. I won't forget it.
I'm not silly. I understand that, with age and at different parts of your career, you have different challenges.
I'm really happy here. I think anyone who knows me well, and the fans too I hope, they know that I love the area, and the bond that I've had with the fans has been fantastic.
For present buying, I go to Harrods because there are great personal shoppers, who point me in the right direction.
I think as far as kids go, you just have to work hard. Work on your skills, keep focused.
I've enjoyed every minute of travelling and playing for my country. What an honour that is.
Every season will have its dips and hard moments, and the challenge then is to make sure you don't get too down in those moments and make sure you come back fighting.
I think I work harder on the pitch, I cover more ground and my passing is more accurate.
In international football, you need pace and you need your players up top to create things out of nothing and run at people.
Footballers do get a hard time, and there is a lot of generalization going on. When you get to meet players and know them as lads, it's always a bit different.
I can't stress the importance of working hard enough, work on all aspects of your game. If you does that and you have the ability, you'll come through.