Lampard tempers expectation
Saturday, 12 November, 2011
Captain and match-winner calls for calm after win over Spain.
Frank Lampard called for the England players not to get carried away after he scored the only goal of the game to defeat World Champions Spain at Wembley on Saturday night.
The Chelsea midfielder headed into an empty net four minutes into the second half after a Darren Bent header bounced off a post and straight into his path.
Lampard said afterwards: “We are very pleased and it was great to beat them because, without a doubt, they are the best team in the world.”
Spain enjoyed the majority of possession and controlled much of the game, but Lampard praised England’s battling approach.
He added: "They [Spain] had their chances and a lot of possession but we showed real spirit, worked hard at the back and in front of the back four.
“We won but we won’t get carried away. We will enjoy the moment even though we know we have to improve. We will be realistic as we know they dominated the game and we understand we are not where we want to be quite yet.
“But we have still beaten a great team and we need to build on that for the Euros next summer.
“We are not going to be shouting from the roof tops just because we won this game – we’ve got another game against Sweden on Tuesday and the roles could be reversed.”