Monday, 10 August, 2009
After Community Shield success, Frank Lampard has turned his attention to England.
Frank Lampard has passed up the opportunity to gloat at the beaten Manchester United players following Sunday's Community Shield victory - he's just too focused on England.
Lampard scored in normal time as Chelsea drew 2-2 with United and the midfielder also netted in the penalty shootout as Carlo Ancelotti's men won 4-1 at Wembley.
But with a friendly against the Netherlands on Wednesday, Lampard has chosen to go easy on Three Lions colleagues and United players Ben Foster, Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Wayne Rooney.
"There has not been much banter to be honest," he said. "We know how these things go, I have been on the receiving end of a few penalty shootout defeats.
"But I am focusing on the Holland match - it is important for us and for the manager to see where players are and who is fit.
"It is nice to have this friendly because it will get us ready for the big games."
A tough Holland side in the Amsterdam Arena provide the opposition for the Three Lions on Wednesday and Lampard wants a good performance to take into the World Cup qualifying campaign, which re-starts at home to Croatia next month.
"It would be great to have a good performance because it will give us confidence ahead of our qualifying games," he added.
"But regardless of whether it is a positive or negative result, we want to learn and use the experience in the right way."