Frank James Lampard (born 20 June 1978) is an English professional footballer who plays as a central midfielder for the England national team. He is Chelsea's all-time leading goalscorer. He is considered by some journalists, and some current players to be one of the best midfielders of his generation. Lampard began his career at West Ham United, for whom his father Frank Lampard, Sr. had also played. He secured a place in the first team by the 1997–98 season, and the following year helped the team finish 5th in the Premier League, their highest-ever Premier League placing. In 2001, he moved to rival London club Chelsea for £11 million.