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England need time to improve - Lampard

13 Sep 2012 07:47:30

England need time to improve - Lampard

Penalty hero Frank Lampard has stressed the need for patience as England strive to find the ideal balance of youth and experience during their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.

Roy Hodgson's side experienced the highs and lows in their opening two fixtures with a 5-0 win in Moldova followed by a 1-1 home draw with Ukraine - a game they were on course to lose until Lampard struck from the spot.

The Chelsea midfielder said: "There is a need to be patient. It won't always click straight away. It won't always click anyway. This is international football you are talking about and these are difficult games."

He added: "With young players, experienced players, it's about trying to find the right blend. We can get excited about the win in Moldova.

"But you always have to keep your feet on the ground and understand it's a process of getting to where we want to be. Tuesday night was another night in that process."

Lampard's second spot-kick in successive matches salvaged a point against Ukraine who also provided England with a stern test during Euro 2012 before losing to a single goal.

The Chelsea midfielder said: "Ukraine are no mugs at all, they're a good team, they've got wingers who are particularly good on the ball, they have experience in the team.

"It won't be an easy group, and Poland and Montenegro as well, will be teams that cause you problems. Poland and Montenegro have drawn already, and the group is pretty well balanced.

"Poland in the next away game will be very tough."


PA

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