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Lampard makes penalty vow

01 Jun 2006 - 16:20:08

Frank Lampard insists he has every intention of taking England's next penalty despite his miss in Tuesday's friendly international victory against Hungary.

The Chelsea midfielder had his first-half spot-kick saved by keeper Gabor Kiraly when the game was still goalless but will remain his country's penalty taker for Saturday's game against Jamaica.

"I will still be the penalty taker," he said. "When you take penalties you know that maybe you might miss one and I think it takes a strong-minded person to do it.

"We can all miss penalties and I guess I was fortunate that I missed in a match we went on to win and that it was not a qualifying game.

"But it was maybe a reminder to me that I need to stick them away when they really matter. It's important that the person taking the penalties really wants to do it, especially at the top level with all the pressure that comes with it.

"I've been taking them for a long time with Chelsea and I've taken a couple for England and I usually practice a couple of times a week.

"But maybe I have neglected that in the past few weeks because I have been concentrating on fitness and tactical training.

"But I will make sure I practice penalties more frequently now."


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