Lampard feared England axe

It was widely suggested Lampard could lose his place in the

starting line-up as Capello looked to use Jack Wilshere and Scott

Parker in midfield. However, Chelsea star Lampard started alongside

the duo and scored the opening goal from the penalty spot in

England’s 2-0 win in Cardiff. Lampard insists the quality of the

England squad means no player can be guaranteed a place in the

starting XI. “I was aware of all the talk. I tried not to let it

concern me,” said Lampard. “It is a good squad, a strong squad and

never for any minute should anyone be resting on their laurels

about getting picked. “I have been around for a long time so it

wasn’t a sleepless night but obviously I want to play and

contribute. So I tried to work hard in training and give my best

all the time.” Lampard’s season has been disrupted by a groin

injury, but the 32-year-old feels he is now reaching his best form

of the campaign. “I think I am coming back to my best form after a

difficult season,” added Lampard. “I have missed half of it and

never really had that kind of break before. “But in the last few

games for Chelsea I have started to feel as fit as I had

beforehand. “That’s a lovely feeling to have back because I was out

a long time and that is frustrating. But now, I’m feeling really

good. “When you get back, you have to get used to the fact that you

might have certain niggles after having such a bad injury. “I’m

getting to the other side of them now and feeling like I don’t go

into games worrying about the groin or anything else. I just worry

about trying to play.”