'That performance was for the fans'
Wednesday, 10 June, 2009
David Beckham and Frank Lampard praise the fans' efforts.
Frank Lampard and David Beckham paid tribute to the England fans for cheering The Three Lions on to a resounding victory against Andorra.
Despite London's transport problems, 58,000 supporters packed into Wembley to see Fabio Capello's men thrash Andorra 6-0 and take a giant step towards next summer's World Cup.
Andorra, ranked 196th in the world, tried to defend for the whole game and although the scoreline suggests it was an easy game, Lampard said it was still difficult.
"It was not as easy as it looks because they sat back a lot," Lampard said. "Luckily we got the early goal but it was great because it was very difficult for the fans to get here.
"The turnout was incredible and that just sums our fans up."
Beckham earned his 100th start for England and the former Manchester United midfielder hailed The Three Lions' fans for their commitment to the cause.
He said: "The fans deserved those goals. We knew it wouldn't be easy for them getting here and back. That performance was for the fans.
"There is a very good mood in the camp. In training, on the pitch and even around the hotel, there is a really professional atmosphere. We are confident because we know we have the players and the talent."
Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe both scored twice and a goal apiece from Lampard and Peter Crouch meant England extended their lead at the top of Group Six to ten points.
Andorra failed to threaten at all but Fabio Capello's men did what was needed - registered a resounding victory to round the season off.