LAMPARD TALKS A GOOD GAME
Frank Lampard was a guest on the Dan Patrick radio show on Tuesday morning in Seattle.
Patrick is a renowned broadcaster in America, having anchored on ESPN for almost 20 years, and has also featured in movies such as The Waterboy, The Longest Yard and Grown Ups.
During the slot the pair chatted about Lampard's pub close to Stamford Bridge, where he insisted the radio host will be able to enjoy drinks on the house, Wayne Rooney, celebrities in America and David Beckham, who Lampard feels was unfortunate not to be named in the Team GB squad for the Olympics in London.
'I saw Beckham while I was on holiday in Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago,' Lampard said. 'I knew he was very happy out here, his family are settled and he loves the league. He is so entwined with the club and loves everything about it.
'It's a league and a country I've always loved. I always said I wanted to finish my career at Chelsea, but it's the kind of league a lot of English players are looking at. We get a lot more of it on TV back home, we see the crowds and the feel of the league. A lot of players would be interested in that move if it ever came.'
Holidays must now feel a lifetime away for Lampard, who has endured double training sessions for the past few days. Tuesday morning has afforded the squad some free time, however it is back to work in the afternoon, with an open training session at Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
'For us as players it's about getting fit, we're training very hard and it's a great experience for us,' the midfielder told Patrick. 'A tour of the States we've done every other year for the last few years and we love it. We get to enjoy the football and the training but also get to see the big cities without being recognised like we are in some other parts of the world, but by the same token that's changed a bit because we are getting more support every time we come back.
'There's not much downtime. We would have loved to catch a basketball game or a baseball game if we were here at the right time, but I'm not sure we will be able to. When I was in Los Angeles we were in the same place as some celebrities, Russell Crowe was around looking all mean like he does. But I'm happy to be here and doing our work.'
Patrick also asked about meeting some of the Seattle Seahawks players at the VMAC training centre, where the team has so far been based for training. Lampard admitted it was a humbling experience for him and his team-mates.
'The most embarrassing thing is when you go into the gym and try and lift weights,' he joked. 'We thought we were strong but they are lifting the same weight as us above their heads!'
There is a chance for the 34-year-old and his team-mates to restore some pride when we take on the Sounders at CenturyLink Field on Wednesday.