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Lampard not quitting England

28 Jun 2010 - 11:46:03

Frank Lampard has no plans to retire from international football despite England's World Cup exit.

Lampard, 32, was part of the under-performing squad dumped out of the competition at the last 16 stage following a 4-1 defeat to Germany on Sunday.

The likes of the Chelsea midfielder, captain Steven Gerrard, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Emile Heskey will either be in the twilight of their careers or retired by the time the next World Cup comes around.

That coupled with another underwhelming finals performance from a much-vaunted generation of players has led to calls for whoever leads the England team into the next tournament to wipe the slate clean.

However, Lampard claims he for one has no plans to retire from international football.

"I want to carry on with England. I think there will be a lot of talking, not just about me," he said.

"It's important players go away and don't listen to it and concentrate on our jobs now.

"The talk is great for the people who are involved in that sort of thing but it doesn't actually make any difference.

"We'll try and carry on, that's what we have to do.

"Only one team wins the World Cup and the rest go home at some stage and don't win it so the talking is by the by.

"We'll have to come back and try and perform."


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