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Lampard out of San Marino clash

Created on 11 Oct., 2012 6:41 PM GMT

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.