Lampard playing for England future

10 February 2013 08:47

Frank Lampard admits he has to maintain his current form to realise his dream of playing for England in the 2014 World Cup and insists "no-one will get picked on past glories."

The Chelsea midfielder, who will be 35 in June, is savouring every appearance now for his country as he approaches the twilight of his career. Lampard celebrated cap number 94 against Brazil by netting the winner as a substitute with his 27th goal for England in a 2-1 success at Wembley.

England head coach Roy Hodgson has hinted Lampard will be part of his plans for Brazil in 16 months time, and the player said: "It's nice if (Hodgson) he says that. But I'm old enough and realistic enough to know that I have to take every squad as it comes."

He went on: "It's a big cliche but I have to make sure I try to keep this level up because if I drop there's plenty of competition in midfield for England now.

"No-one will get picked on past glories, they'll get picked on how they're doing now.

"I feel as good as I've ever done. As you get older and more mature, you alter things in your game, like picking the times to get forward.

"The game has slightly changed, club football particularly, and in between games it's how you look after yourself in terms of training and rest to save your legs.

"At the moment I'm playing pretty regularly every three or four days and I'm feeling pretty good."

Source: PA

World Cup Group G

Belgium 1 0 0 3 3
England 1 0 0 1 3
Tunisa 0 0 1 -1 0
Panama 0 0 1 -3 0
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