Lampard: I’m fit and ready

The former Chelsea and England midfielder scored for loan club Manchester City in a 2-0 win over Southampton in his final game in English football – his??259th goal in 882 club matches.

“It was emotional but I am very proud,” said 36-year-old Lampard, whose??contribution to English football was acknowledged with a presentation after the??game.

“There were loads of emotions – a tiny bit of sadness to finish but much more??of a good feel.

“The game went well, I scored a goal and what the club did for me at the end??and the way the fans reacted – I couldn’t have asked for much more.

“I can go away saying it was an absolute pleasure. I still feel fit and I feel??like I can play for a couple more years. Maybe I could have done that in the??Premier League, my choice is to play in America.

“That is my new challenge now. I feel fit and ready to go for it. I don’t want??to go and make up the numbers. I want to go there and carry on and do something??good.”

Reflecting on his season at the Etihad Stadium, Lampard added: “The only difficult period for me was when we went into the new??year level-pegging with Chelsea at the top. I felt I was really contributing to??the team but then I had a few months where I hardly started any of the games and??that was difficult.

“It was a frustrating couple of months but I kept a level head about it??because I was just very happy to be here.”