Lampard to write children's books
England and Chelsea footballer Frank Lampard is to write a series of children's books.
Publisher Little Brown says the midfielder will pen five books, called Frankie's Magic Football, for children aged five and above.
The stories will follow the adventures of a school boy, Frankie, his football-loving friends, and pet dog Max, reports the BBC.
Lampard said the stories were "loosely based on friends and team mates".
The 34-year-old will publish his first book, Frankie Versus The Pirate Pillagers, in June, followed by two more this year and another two in 2014.
"I first had the idea of Frankie and his Magic Football when reading stories to my own children," he said.
"Sport and reading are two essentials for us at home, so I decided to make up my own football stories and adventures."
Lampard has two daughters, aged five and eight, with his former fiancee, Spanish model Elen Rivas. He is currently engaged to TV presenter Christine Bleakley.
The book deal was brokered by Neil Blair and Zoe King, who also represent JK Rowling. They said the books were "full of loveable characters on wacky adventures" and destined for "great things".