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Lampard focused on World Cup

09 Sep 2013 01:31:54

Lampard focused on World Cup

Frank Lampard is desperate for his international career not to grind to a halt in five weeks' time.

Lampard is set to become the eighth member of England's exclusive 100-club on Tuesday when he reaches his landmark century of caps.

Yet the World Cup qualifier with Ukraine in Kiev has a wider significance than merely underlining the Chelsea man's status as one of the most prominent players of his generation.

For if England win, it will move them to within touching distance of a place at next summer's finals in Brazil.

However, there is a somewhat less palatable scenario too.

Defeat for Roy Hodgson's men would leave them two points adrift of their hosts, with just two matches to do something about it, and Ukraine's final match is a less than arduous trip to San Marino, whom they demolished 9-0 on Friday.

"I would hate that," said Lampard.

"I enjoy being with this group of players. I enjoy the manager. I enjoy playing with the young kids in the team and playing alongside people like Steven Gerrard and Ashley Cole, who I have played with for a long time.

"It will certainly be something I wouldn't want (to get knocked out).

"England want to get to the World Cup. You (the media) want to get there. The fans want to get there.


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