TERRY: PLENTY OF LAMPARD LEFT

Posted on: Fri 30 Mar 2012

John Terry has warned critics to 'write Frank Lampard off at your peril' following discussion that the midfielder's England career may be coming to an end.

Chelsea's vice-captain was a second-half substitute during England's 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Friday night, leading to speculation that Lampard may not start an international game again.

But, speaking ahead of his country's clash with Wales tomorrow night, Terry has made it clear there's plenty left in Lampard yet after Fabio Capello also admitted Chelsea's number 8 is very much still part of his England plans.

'Write Frank Lampard off at your peril,' cautioned Terry. 'I have known him for an awfully long time and he was obviously disappointed about not starting but he trained incredibly hard the day after and certainly will continue to do that.

'I have trained with him for a long time now and he is one of the best players I have played with and one of the best professionals I have ever played with as well.

'Because of his age people are tending to write him off but he's still in excellent form at Chelsea, [during] last season and he's had a good start this season as well.

'His record for England as well has been incredible, the same as his goal ratio.'

With younger stars beginning to break into the side, all Chelsea's England contingent are constantly working to keep their place in Capello's starting line-up as our captain points out.

'We're all fighting for places, not just Frank. We all feel the pressure of the younger players fighting for places.

'We are all very proud to wear the England shirt and very fortunate to do so and obviously it's a great mixture we've got at the moment in the squad. But Frank will rise to the occasion and he'll certainly be back in the England shirt very soon.'

Terry has also discussed his other Chelsea team mate in the England squad, as he praised Ashley Cole, who has now been playing for England for over a decade.

And with 90 caps to his name, Cole is well on the way to reaching the 100-game milestone for the Three Lions.

'He is one of the most consistent players and the best left-back I have every played with,' explained Terry. 'I'm very fortunate once again to be able to play with him on a daily basis at Chelsea.

'His work rate is incredible, for club and country over the years. It will be great for him to get to 100 caps and it's looking, if he stays fit, like that will happen during Euro 2012 if we get there.'