Frank Lampard and Jamie Carragher were England team-mates
Chelsea legend Lampard hung up his boots yesterday after an illustrious 21-year career.
Lampard and Carragher were England team-mates for over a decade but the two were fierce club rivals.
Both players won stacks of trophies at Chelsea and Liverpool although Lampard trumps Carragher with three Premier League titles to his none.
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Frank Lampard won three Premier League titles
And while their pair had many clashes during their time as players, Carragher has now opened up on his respect for Lampard.
“After all those Chelsea battles and Frank Lampard now retiring, I can finally admit the respect I had for him and that he was a great player!” Carragher tweeted.
Lampard recently discussed the modern rivalry between Chelsea and Liverpool, which grew bitter after Roman Abramovich took over the Blues in 2003 and bankrolled their rise to title winners.
Frank Lampard and Jamie Carragher were fierce rivals at Chelsea and Liverpool
After all those Chelsea battles & Frank Lampard now retiring, I can finally admit the respect I had for him & that he was a great player!
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— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 2, 2017
The 38-year-old told the Daily Mail: “There's no doubt — and I know you'll agree with me — we were a better team!
“What made the rivalry grow even more was your fans. They made it level. I don't like giving Liverpool credit but they gave you an extra man. But the basic rivalry was you and Stevie [Gerrard] and me and John [Terry].
Carragher now works as a TV pundit for Sky Sports alongside Manchester United great Gary Neville, a route Lampard may follow now he has retired.