Euro 2012: Lampard’s absence can help England’s Gerrard to perform

Sharethematch.com looks at Frank Lampard's injury and subsequent withdrawal from the England squad on Thursday

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Steven Gerrard will captain England at Euro 2012 PA Photos

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Lampard’s England absence could be a blessing in disguise

Frank Lampard is clearly passionate about England, and many supporters will be devastated for the Chelsea midfielder that he will miss out on Euro 2012.

However, his absence might be a blessing in disguise because, for whatever reason, he’s never been at his best playing for his country.

Lampard regularly amazes for Chelsea but it is a different story when it comes to the 33-year-old’s performances in an England shirt – it’s a mystery why he hasn’t excelled on the international stage.

It has been well documented over the last decade that Lampard and England captain Steven Gerrard have never worked well together – and it’s true – they can’t.

But now the way is clear for the Liverpool midfielder to run amok over our opponents and Lampard, being the good guy he is, will be cheering on his England team-mate.

Could Henderson surprise everyone?

Nearly every English supporter is outraged and, worse than that, embarrassed that Jordan Henderson finds himself on a plane to Euro 2012.

Can there be a more damning indictment of our failing youth development than Henderson, a player who has struggled to get into the Liverpool first-team this season – remember this is a Reds side that had their worst season in years, will be wearing a Three Lions jersey at the European championship.

But we must move on now, Roy Hodgson is not exactly blessed with many other options if Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick refuse to come.

It brings back memories of Nicky Butt and Trevor Sinclair in the 2002 World Cup, neither of whom looked like international quality before the tournament, and went to outperform their bigger-named compatriots.

So who knows, maybe this is the year for a Henderson or an Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to shine, but English fans aren’t confident.

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