Lampard: Harmony under Hodgson is key
Published : 31 May 2012 00:17:00
Frank Lampard is England's latest Euro 2012 fitness doubt but the veteran midfielder believes the man-management capabilities of Roy Hodgson will hold the key to how England perform at Euro 2012.
Chelsea man Lampard, who will have a scan on Thursday amid fears he will be ruled out of the tournament after suffering a thigh injury in training, saw at first hand how possible it is to transform the fortunes of a squad during his club side's double trophy success under Roberto Di Matteo.
Hodgson has had less than six weeks to plot England's path for the finals in Poland and Ukraine, but Lampard insists it is still possible to galvanise a squad. He said: "It's certainly possible to kinder something very quickly. There's no magic formula in football. You can have the right surroundings for a tournament - and we've seen many teams do that."
He added: "In my opinion man-management is of the utmost importance at top football levels these days. When you've got a very good squad of players, of course there's training and tactics and stuff which is important as well. But the man-management issue at Chelsea was the huge thing.
"Robbie took players aside, talked to them, made them feel confident and brought the best out of them, so then you've got a chance. If England can do that as a group then I still think we've got a great chance."
Lampard has stressed the need for England to maintain a relaxed atmosphere around their training camp and cut out the fear factor during the tournament to give them a chance of success. He hopes the bold approach shown by Chelsea in winning the Champions League can rub off at international level.
He said: "We felt an amazing change in ourselves at Chelsea by tackling Barcelona in the way we did and the Bayern Munich game. Hopefully we can carry that on in ourselves and influence players around us.
"We've got big names who have won Champions Leagues before in the Gerrards and Rooneys and they know the feeling, so it's not just about us Chelsea boys trying to transmit it everywhere. I think we've got a group of big players who can play without that anxiety."
Lampard was impressed with the visit of Hodgson to the Chelsea dressing room to communicate with the England players in the aftermath of their triumph in Munich.
He said: "I wouldn't want to divulge details of the conversation. But he came in the dressing room to say well done and that he was looking forward to seeing us next week. It was very much a well done and congratulations, which we appreciated from the new England manager. He didn't have to do that."