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Premier League: Bergkamp, Lampard Inducted Into Hall Of Fame

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Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Dennis Bergkamp and Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard have been inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame.

Bergkamp scored 87 goals in 315 Premier League appearances for the gunners, before his retirement in 2006.

The Dutchman joined Arsenal in 1995 from Inter Milan and was part of three title-winning squads, including the unbeaten 2003-2004 campaign, which saw the Gunners team named ‘The Invincibles’.

In 2017, Bergkamp’s famous pirouette strike against Newcastle in 2002 was voted by fans as the best goal in the Premier League’s first 25 years.

“I’m honoured. It feels special to be part of a small group of players who got the recognition of playing in the strongest league in the world,” Bergkamp said. “The Premier League made me a better player.”

“I’m extremely proud if people say that I was one of the first foreign players who added something to the English game. The Premier League most definitely made me a better player.

Image of Arsenal Legend Dennis Bergkamp lifting the ‘Invincible’ Premier League trophy

“From the moment I arrived in England I’ve embraced the English mentality and passion for football, it suited me and my style of play,” Bergkamp added.

“Playing every game against good and tough opponents meant I improved all the time. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.”

Frank Lampard

Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer Frank Lampard was also inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame for his services.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard lifting the Premier League trophy

Lampard scored 177 goals in 609 Premier League appearances for West Ham, Chelsea and Manchester City.

He won the Premier League three times during his career at Stamford Bridge. Lampard scored 211 goals in all competitions for Chelsea.

The ex-England international was named the Premier League’s Player of the Season following Chelsea’s 2004/05 title-winning campaign.

Lampard began his Premier League career as a West Ham academy graduate and also had a short spell at Man City before his retirement.

Former Manchester United captains Eric Cantona and Roy Keane were inducted into the Premier League Hall of Fame on Tuesday.

Two further inductees to the Hall of Fame will be announced this week from a 23-man shortlist based on the most combined votes from the public and a Premier League panel.

Alan Shearer and Thierry Henry were the inaugural inductees last month.

The honour recognises players who have demonstrated an exceptional record of on-pitch success and have made important contributions in the division since its creation in 1992.

 

Chidi Nwoke.

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