Lamps happy to be back with Blues

The Wembley clash next Wednesday comes in the week the Blues begin

their Premier League title defence and the scheduling has been

criticised by managers including Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.

Lampard is pleased to be back with the Blues after the World Cup,

although his preparations for the August 14 encounter with West

Brom are set to be punctuated by the England friendly. “I have got

to be honest, the disappointing summer is not affecting the Chelsea

side,” said Lampard in the Guardian. “Of course, we are

disappointed with England but it is almost a breath of fresh air to

come back to Chelsea. “We won the double last year and that is a

nice feeling. “There is no niggling mental effect from the World

Cup at all. “When the England games come then we will approach that

but in terms of Chelsea, I think it is exciting to be back.”

Lampard acknowledged England’s friendly with Hungary is important

as Fabio Capello’s side begin preparations for the 2012 European

Championships qualification campaign, but said the timing was not

convenient for clubs. “It’s obviously not an ideal situation,” he

added in the Sun. “I’ve only been back in pre-season training for a

week and a half and a lot of clubs are having the same problems

with their World Cup players. “All the teams want to get players

fit for the start of the season. “But England also need to prepare

for the European Championship qualifying games. “Right now I’m just

excited to be back at Chelsea. “But the Hungary match has always

been there on the calendar so as a professional playing for your

country you go and you play.”