LAMPARD: WORK TO DO

Posted on: Thu 30 May 2013

Frank Lampard is looking forward to England's friendly against Brazil in Rio on Sunday, and knows the Three Lions face a tough task in South America.

Lampard's stunning strike secured a 2-1 win against the Brazilians at Wembley in February and, having beaten them for the first time in 23 years, now has the chance to get a second win over Brazil in four months.

'I won't get carried away, it will be a very tough game,' he said. 'I know the Brazilian boys [David Luiz, Oscar and Ramires] at Chelsea weren't happy coming here and losing. They are certainly going to want to beat us.

'If we can go there and get a result that would be fantastic for the lads' spirit and confidence going into the [World Cup] qualifiers. We are trying to keep improving and it is good not to lose a game. We are trying to work on the team and work on our attacking play.'

Lampard netted his 29th goal last night when England drew 1-1 with Ireland.

'There are things we can take away from last night that we are pleased with and things that we can tighten up on,' admitted the 34-year-old.

'We have a big game on Sunday, then a well-deserved break and then our minds will be on the qualifiers that are coming up.'

Sunday's friendly against Luiz Felipe Scolari's side will likely be Lampard's 97th cap. He admits his mind is on making it to 100, as he has seen Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard do in recent matches.

'You can't not think about it,' the midfielder said. 'I am on 96, I have been around for an awful long time.

'I saw Stevie (Gerrard) get that gold cap, which was well deserved, and then Ash last night. If I can get there and can stay involved in future games then I would be a very proud man if I did reach that.

'Ash certainly deserves the accolades. To get 100 caps, to start every game and to play at the quality and level he has played for such a long period of time, he deserves everything. I think the fans gave him the right reception, he deserved the moment and the atmosphere was brilliant.'