Time has helped Frank Lampard appreciate his international career
Frank Lampard admits he has grown to love playing for England.
The midfielder has earned 95 caps since making his debut against Belgium in October 1999 and he has captained the Three Lions on a number of occasions.
Chelsea’s all-time leading goalscorer is in Roy Hodgson’s squad for the upcoming double-header against Republic of Ireland (29 May) and Brazil (2 June) and he says time has helped him appreciate his England career more.
Lampard told talkSPORT: "I've grown more in love with England as I've got older.
"When I was mid-England career and took a bit of stick, I didn't enjoy it.
"I don't think you can if you go to Wembley and get a bit of stick and go to World Cups and we weren't playing well. That's not me moaning about it, we didn't perform so it comes with the territory.
"As I've got older I think my appreciation of playing for my country has risen - it doesn't go on forever - and I really enjoy it at the minute."