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Lampard out of San Marino clash

By Football News

England midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out of Friday's World Cup qualifier with San Marino.

The Chelsea man has failed to overcome a knee problem and has returned to his club in a bid to regain fitness before Tuesday's meeting with Poland in Warsaw.

Lampard's absence increases the likelihood of Roy Hodgson deploying Wayne Rooney in midfield - a role he has taken up at Manchester United recently.

Rooney could also be named as captain with Steven Gerrard suspended.