Frank Lampard to fight for England place

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has stated that despite no longer being an automatic selection in Fabio Capello’s England side, he will fight for a first team place.

The 33-year-old had to watch The Three Lions’ 3-0 win away to Bulgaria on Friday from the bench, as Gareth Barry and Scott Parker were preferred to start in central midfield.

However, Lampard feels as long as he can still contribute to the nation’s success, he will not turn his back on his country.

“People like to give off the idea that players are expecting to play every game and we’ve never been like that. We’re all professionals and driven, and our egos are only our desire to succeed individually and as a group, and we haven’t quite done that for England,” he told reporters.

“It should be competitive and I’ve had phases before where I’ve sat on the bench for England. The furore, I tried to stay away from this week and just tried to keep my head down and concentrate. I don’t mind. I’m very proud to play and I’ll play as long as I can contribute for England – and I feel I can do that,” he continued.

Even though the crop of younger players emerging in the England squad may endanger his place in the starting line-up, Lampard is happy to see the younger players progressing.

“It’s very good to see. It’s good to see the Ashley Youngs’ – I know he’s not completely a young player, but he’s really blossoming at the minute. Stewart Downing, the same, on the other side. [Jack] Wilshere’s injured now but, with the squad we’ve got now, there’s some real attacking options, which in great to see,” he concluded.

Lampard will be 34 by the time Euro 2012 comes round, but looks keen to be involved in one last international tournament.