Capello: Lamps is important player

05 September 2011 01:00

England manager Fabio Capello today insisted Frank Lampard remains a key member and 'one of the leaders' of his squad.

The 33-year-old Chelsea midfielder started on the bench against Bulgaria on Friday, sparking speculation his international future could be coming to an end. It was the first occasion Lampard had been left out of an England starting line-up, when fit and available, for a competitive game since the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign.

But He could return for Tuesday's Euro 2012 clash with Wales at Wembley. In a press conference televised by Sky Sports News, Capello said: "Frank Lampard is a really important player. Like others that are here and some players that are not here like (Jack) Wilshere, Steven Gerrard and other ones.

"I think he's ready to play with us. I don't know if tomorrow he will play. Probably we can change the style to a different style to the one we played against Bulgaria because tomorrow we are playing at home."

Highlighting Lampard's importance to the England cause, Capello said: "He is one of the important players and one of the leaders of this squad."

Capello stressed England will need to be at their best to overcome Wales, having been impressed by Gary Speed's side beating Montenegro on Friday.

"It's very important to win tomorrow and beat Wales," Capello said. "Wales are in really good form. It will be a really, really dangerous game tomorrow."

The Italian played down concerns about striker Andy Carroll's fitness, which he raised after the Bulgaria game.

He said: "Andy trained really well. I'm really happy with how he started in training and he needs to do the same when he goes back to Liverpool.

"I think he will be a really important player for Liverpool and us."

Source: PA