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Snubbed Lampard eyes 2014 World Cup

February 8, 2013
By ESPN staff

Frank Lampard's agent insists Chelsea have not yet made an approach to extend his contract, as the midfielder narrows his focus on playing until the 2014 World Cup.

Frank Lampard celebrates after scoring what proved to be the winning goal for England
PA PhotosFrank Lampard celebrates after scoring what proved to be the winning goal for England

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Lampard's future has become a hot topic once more following his match-winning goal for England against Brazil on Wednesday. Reports have since suggested the Blues are willing to re-open negotiations, but Lampard's representative, Steve Kutner, claims that is not the case.

"Nothing has changed regarding Frank's situation at Chelsea," Kutner is quoted as saying in The Sun.

Meanwhile, the 34-year-old revealed he is keen to play on until the next World Cup if he can continue playing at "a good enough level".

"Maybe the World Cup is within reach but I'm certainly not getting carried away," he said. "I know how football is and from squad to squad it can change, and when you get to the age of 34, 35 this summer, people do look upon things differently and fair enough.

"I'm very understanding of where I'm at in my career. But if I can continue playing for Chelsea and continue contributing here, whether it's starting or as a valuable squad member, and when I do my bit, then the World Cup is getting a bit nearer.

"It's certainly a target for me and, yes, I will try to keep playing at a good enough level to get there. It's a target. 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 and I hope that's the case."

When asked if he will seek Hodgson's advice on what to do next in his career, Lampard said: "Maybe but first and foremost I'll seek my own advice, make my own decisions if that makes sense.

"But I'm very competitive and I've got a sniff of the World Cup. It's only a sniff because it's a year away and England aren't even there so I shouldn't get carried away.

"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."