Both Sven and Tord took a trip to Stamford Bridge last night...
Both Sven and Tord took a trip to Stamford Bridge last night and one imagines that the words Lampard and Frank may well have popped into the conversation as the duo made their way home...
The England midfielder put in a virtuoso performance last night, scoring a brace as he led his Chelsea side to an exhilarating 3-2 win over Leeds.
His overall display was composed, mature and dynamic and, with Sven set to name his latest England squad on February 8, Frank's boss at club level, Claudio Ranieri feels the time is right for the former West Ham man to make his presence felt at international level.
After the game, a beaming Ranieri said: ``I think Frank deserves a run in the England side. In my opinion, he is a complete midfielder.
``He can defend, attack and can play either short or long passes, as well as running and tackling. He also has a very good character.''
Lampard has certainly grown in stature this season, adding a new dimension to his game as well as dominating matches which could previously pass him by.
``He was a very good player when I signed him. If I chose him, then I must have believed in him,'' stressed Ranieri about his £11million signing.
``But I also think that when Sven-Goran Eriksson called him back into the England squad, it gave him more confidence in himself.''
Ranieri was certainly indebted to Lampard's never-say-die attitude in helping to transform his side's fortunes last night against Leeds. His two goals have now re-ignited Chelsea's push for a Champions League spot.
``Frank played a fantastic match and I'm very pleased with him. He was a point of reference for the team in the middle of the pitch alongside Jody Morris,'' added the Chelsea boss.
``He was everywhere and that was very important for us."
Sven will name his squad to face Australia here on TheFA.com on Saturday February 8.
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