Lampard denies rift reports
21 Jun 2010 - 12:05:18
Frank Lampard has rejected suggestions of a rift in England's World Cup squad.
The Chelsea midfielder was forced to fend off questions from journalists during Monday's press conference about the team meeting the previous day where John Terry promised to confront coach Fabio Capello.
Terry, who Capello sacked as captain in February, claimed several established players were ready to challenge aspects of the Italian's reign they were not happy with following the much-criticised opening draws against the United States and Algeria.
England have been left needing to win their final group game against Slovenia on Wednesday to reach the last 16 in South Africa.
However, following media reports that Terry's forthright opinions had led to a division in the camp, Lampard claims the team meeting passed without incident and that the players remain united behind Capello.
"The meeting was just the manager dealing with the Algeria match and we moved on," he explained.
"I don't think anyone wants to give too much away about what was said.
"I understand what John Terry was saying because he's passionate like that, as a player as a person.
"Every person deals with things differently. Some won't say much and others want to hit things head-on.
"But people want to see a reaction and people have said he has said some positive things.
"We'll try to hit things head-on on the training ground."