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Lampard could play 1,000th game at Manchester City

ESPN staff
August 5, 2014
Frank Lampard has not retired from international duty © Getty Images

Frank Lampard could join the 1,000 club as a Manchester City player.

The midfielder, who has joined the Premier League champions on loan from New York City FC, has made 973 appearances for his clubs and his country so far in his career and needs just another 27 to reach a landmark.

The 36 year old is available for City until the end of January and will be considered an "important" player by manager Manuel Pellegrini, while Samir Nasri also hailed the Englishman's arrival.

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He is available for up to 23 Premier League games, six Champions League matches, the start of City's League Cup and FA Cup campaigns and Sunday's Community Shield.

Lampard, who has not retired from international football, has a greater chance of adding to his 106 appearances for England after returning to the Premier League.

He is his country's joint sixth-most capped player and has also played once for England's B team and 19 times in Under-21 internationals.

Lampard played 187 times for West Ham, his first club, and 11 on loan at Swansea, before going to make 649 appearances in 13 years at Chelsea, putting him third behind Peter Bonetti and the record holder Ron Harris.

The last British player to reach 1,000 senior appearances was Manchester United assistant manager Ryan Giggs, who brought up the milestone in the March 2013 game against Real Madrid.

Current Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander, who played for Scunthorpe, Luton, Preston and Burnley, reached 1,000 games in April 2011.

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