Saturday, November 16, 2013

Frank Lampard says it's not all doom and gloom for England after Chiledefeat

Positive outlook: Lampard is looking at the plus points despite the Chile defeat
Positive outlook: Lampard is looking at the plus points despite the Chile defeat

[Mirror] England midfielder Frank Lampard is taking plenty of positives from Friday night's 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley. Lampard was given the role of captain for the night after he was honoured with a golden cap to celebrate his 100th appearance for the Three Lions.
The Chelsea veteran was powerless to stop the Chileans though, as Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez scored twice to condemn Roy Hodgson's side to their first defeat in a year.
However, with debuts handed to Southampton pair Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana, as well as much-needed minutes for Jack Wilshere, Lampard feels that the Three Lions can take a lot away from the game.
"It was a very useful exercise for us," said Lampard.
"We have qualified for Brazil and have to take certain things on the chin, learn from the mistakes, but also look at the fact we created a lot of chances," he said.
"We never like to lose, but they are a top quality opposition with a different style to what we are used to."
The 35-year-old also reserved a word for the Saints duo, who were rewarded for their club's fine form with a call-up alongside team-mate Rickie Lambert.
He added: "It was a tough game for [Lallana and Rodriguez] to come in and not every international game is like that.
"You have to tell them that because not every team will be knocking the ball about like they did and with the goalkeeper distributing it from the back.
"They were very bright and sharp. Adam had a couple of chances which on another day he would have scored a couple on his debut.
"They deserved their starts and did themselves a lot of credit."

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