Lamps ready for battle
14 Jun 2006 - 13:32:09
England midfielder Frank Lampard is expecting a tough test of his side's mettle when they take on Trinidad & Tobago in Nuremberg on Thursday.
The Soca Warriors secured a goalless draw against Sweden on their debut in the World Cup finals and Lampard has warned that England will need to improve on their performance in the 1-0 win over Paraguay.
The Chelsea ace told reporters: "It's an important game for us to win to think about qualifying for the next stage. We're ready for it.
"We're not taking Trinidad lightly, we know they're desperate to get a result against us so we're not over-confident.
"We'll make sure we do our job properly and try to stop them from building a head of steam.
"A lot of people thought this would be the easy game of the group for us when the draw was made.
"Maybe people don't expect Trinidad to have the same quality as some of the other teams in the competition, but the nearer we get to the game, you realise the support they are getting at the World Cup is amazing.
"It's their first World Cup ever and their fans have really got behind the team.
"Win, lose or draw they can count on fantastic support, which makes it even harder for us."