LAMPS TALKS NEW ENGLAND

Posted on: Thu 05 Oct 2006

John Terry may have only one game as England captain under his belt prior to Saturday's match against Andorra but his leadership already has the thumbs-up from team-mate Frank Lampard.

 

Lampard of course knows the JT style well after two Premiership-winning seasons as his vice-captain and he says of his colleague's England start:

 

"John took to it exactly how I knew he would - really well. There were other options but John is a great choice and he did it in a great way.

 

"He didn't come in charging around and throwing himself about as the new England captain. He is a lads' lad. He talked to the lads in the same way as he always does anyway and I'm sure he will grow into the role even more.

 

"I haven't seen a particular difference in him and that's one of the beauties of JT. I don't think he'll change or get carried away with himself."

 

Meanwhile Lampard has set himself the target of matching his Chelsea scoring rate with his England one — a tough challenge for the man who managed 20 goals in 50 club games last season. He has 12 in 46 for England.

 

"I'd like to get up to the same goal ratio. I was getting towards that before the World Cup and five or six games without a goal knocked that back again.

 

"That happens. You don't get opportunities at times or they don't go in for you.

 

"The goal was a relief," he says of his success against Greece last month. "It is well documented that I didn't score in the World Cup. It would have made me very happy to contribute goals to the World Cup and be very successful. When that doesn't happen you want to bounce back from it as soon as possible and no better time than the first game after."