Fabio Capello: Frank Lampard still has an England future
England boss insists midfielder still has part to play for national team despite being dropped for Bulgaria clash
England manager Fabio Capello insists Frank Lampard is still one of the national side’s most important players despite having dropped the midfielder for the win over Bulgaria on Friday.
England take on Wales at Wembley on Tuesday after having secured a 3-0 victory in Sofia, where Lampard was an 80th minute substitute.
Lampard’s omission was the first time the 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder, who has 87 England caps, had been overlooked when fit for a competitive game since the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign – but Capello revealed he could feature against Wales.
“I think he’s ready to play with us. He is one of the important players and one of the leaders of this squad,” Capello said.
“Frank Lampard is a really important player, like others that are here and some players that are not here, like [Jack] Wilshere, Steven Gerrard and other ones.
“I don’t know if tomorrow [Tuesday] he will play. Probably we can change the style to a different style to the one we played against Bulgaria because tomorrow we are playing at home.”
Lampard’s Chelsea team-mate John Terry also issued his backing for the midfielder, saying his record for the national side speaks for itself.
The England captain said: “Write Frank Lampard off at your peril. I have known him an awful long time and he was disappointed about not starting but trained incredibly hard the day after and he remains one of the best players I have ever played with.
“Because of his age people tend to write him off but he is still in excellent form. His record for England has been incredible.”