Today's Birthday, June 20: English football great Frank Lampard (1978 - )
Frank Lampard's Chelsea is in the box seat to clinch a Champions League spot as the English Premier League resumes.
In his first season as coach, the Chelsea golden boy led the Blues into the top four before competition was suspended in April due to the coronavirus.
Born in Romford, London, Lampard started his glittering career as part of the youth system at West Ham United where his father Frank Sr played.
After a loan spell at Swansea City, the youngster made his West Ham debut in 1996 and became a first-team regular by the 1997-98 season.
He helped the Hammers to fifth in 1998-99, their highest league finish in history.
In 1999 England blooded Lampard in a friendly victory over Belgium and he went on to make 106 appearances for the national side.
With the breakdown of his West Ham ties, the London club sold him to Chelsea for PS11 million ($A20 million) in mid-2001.
It was at Stafford Bridge that Lampard transformed from future star to world class box-to-box midfielder with a happy knack for finding the back of the net.
In his 13 seasons with the Blues, he scored a club record 211 goals in all competitions on his way to winning three EPL titles, a Champions League crown and four FA Cups.
Released by Chelsea in 2014, the one-time Ballon d'Or runner-up spent one season with Manchester City before moving to New York City FC and retiring in 2017.
He was soon back in English football ranks, this time marshalling troops from the sidelines as manager of second-tier side Derby County.
After leading the Rams to the English Football League Championship play-off final, Lampard was installed as Chelsea manager on a three-year deal.
Unable to sign target players due to a FIFA-imposed transfer ban, he has been saddled with a reasonably inexperienced list this campaign.
But reinforcements appear on the way, with news that German striker Timo Werner has agreed to join Lampard's club this northern summer.