LAMPARD: GETTING THERE
A trademark Frank Lampard goal was one of the standout moments in Saturday's win against Roma in America, and afterwards the midfielder admitted he was pleased to find the net after a frustrating pre-season.
It was only Lampard's second outing of the summer, following on from 45 minutes against Real Madrid on Wednesday, and he marked his appearance as a second-half sub in Washington DC with a well-struck 25-yarder on the hour mark, typifying an improved team performance after the break.
'I'd had a couple of shots already, I was looking to play someone in but they kept backing off,' he said. 'I was pleased because sometimes your shooting can be a bit off with your timing but I've worked on it.
'Without being a bad first half it was maybe a little bit slow. We had a few fresh legs at half-time and there was more energy to us in the second half.
'I just tried to get on the ball and inject a little something. It's good for me, there's no point coming here and just trotting around in midfield trying to play easy balls, you have to try and extend yourself. I tried to get in the box, have some shots and move the ball around quickly.
'We've had a good pre-season with lots of games and training. The team is all together and I think we'll be ready next week.
'I'd love to contribute. Things have changed a bit in the last couple of years but if I can contribute and be part of a successful team [this season] I'd be more than happy.'
On a personal level Lampard believes he is approaching peak condition despite missing five games with an Achilles problem.
'I trained the first week and this week, and I trained hard. In between I worked hard and I like to think the manager wants me I'll be there and ready,' the 35-year-old, who now links up with England said.
'I'm getting there, I've trained hard for a week. I find it hard to put a percentage on it but I'm close. I'm looking forward to the England game. I'm in the squad and would love to take part at some point. What a great game for us. People moan about the position of the game and that's understandable, but playing against Scotland, what a fantastic game for us to play.
'It won't be a friendly, it will be competitive which is nice, rather than playing another team you don't know so much about. There's a rivalry, the fans will love the game and we'll use it as a good exercise individually for fitness and collectively with qualifiers in mind.'