WATFORD, United Kingdom (AFP) – Frank Lampard believes the wealth of experience amassed by England's three centurions will play a key role in their country's bid to qualify for the World Cup.
England could field three players with 100 caps in the same team for the first time in their history if boss Roy Hodgson selects Chelsea midfielder Lampard for Tuesday's crucial World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.
Lampard, 35, made his 99th senior international appearance in Friday's 4-0 win over Moldova and seems certain to start in Kiev alongside fellow centurions Steven Gerrard, 33, and Ashley Cole, 32.
With that trio on the field, Lampard is certain Group H leaders England -- who are one point clear of third placed Ukraine -- will have the experience to deal with the intense atmosphere of a high-stakes encounter.
"We hope to use that experience," Lampard said. "Steven and Ashley have been great servants for club and country and if I can join them it will be great.
"But more importantly, the three of us need to bring that experience to the table and show that we can get the right result."
Lampard, who does not expect to be named honorary captain in place of Gerrard for the occasion, admits it will be an emotional moment if he does get his 100th cap and he was quick to pay tribute to family, especially his father Frank senior, a former player at West Ham.
"It will mean a huge deal to me and to my family," Lampard said.
"I was lucky enough to grow up in a football family. It was my life from a very young age. My dad had a huge amount of respect for (former West Ham and England captain) Bobby Moore.
"Everyone did who came in to contact with him. So I realised from a very young age how much of an honour it was to play for your country. It's a huge thing for me."
Despite the attention over his landmark cap, Lampard knows the fixture is far more significant for England's hopes of qualifying for next year's finals in Brazil.
And he is adamant England will go for victory against Ukraine, although even a draw could prove to be a positive result in a tight group with only one point separating the top three, which also includes second placed Montenegro.
"It's a huge game," he said. "We always knew this group would be tough. People can dismiss a group when they don't see a Spain or a Germany but we were aware there were some tough teams there and it has turned out that way.
"We've got to go out on Tuesday and get a result. We want it to be in our hands with two home games to come and that's all we can ask for.
"A win would put us in a very strong position. We've got two tough home games to come but I think if we can fly back with three points then we're in a very strong position to go through."
England were held to a draw by Ukraine at Wembley earlier in the qualifying campaign and also won narrowly against them in Euro 2012, so Lampard and company expect another tense battle.
"I have been very impressed with them," he said. "They had a bad start to the group but against us they played with a lot of talent, they have a lot of technical ability and pace on the wings.
"I don't think we were at our best that night but to not lose when you're not at your best is a good thing.
"We'll go there conscious they're a strong team but confident in our own abilities. We've got the team to get a result, without a doubt."