Fear of exit will spur us on, says England star

Frank Lampard believes that the fear of exiting the World Cup before the knockout phase will drive England on to recover from their opening defeat.

The Three Lions were on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline against Italy over the weekend, which leaves their hopes of getting past the first stage of the competition dependent on two good results in their last two games.

Uruguay are up next for Roy Hodgson’s men tonight, with at least a draw needed heading into the last tie against Costa Rica to keep hopes high.

Lampard was a part of England’s EURO 2004 squad that started the tournament with a defeat to France before recovering to make it out of the group under the guidance of Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Having experienced what is needed to bounce back, the former Chelsea star says that the current side set-up must use the panic of possible failure to ensure they get the results needed:

“I was enjoying the tournament [in 2004] so much that I was so scared of getting knocked out by losing the second game,” he told the London Evening Standard.

“I remember the fear factor of it myself. It was not a negativity fear, I just didn’t want it to happen.

“There is nothing wrong with that and I think we have to take that with us now into the Uruguay game. We do not want to go home. We have got an exciting team, we showed glimpses against Italy so we have to attack this game wanting to get the right result.

“If we focus and we do all the right things we are doing in training and behind the scenes, then we will go and get a result. Then, all of a sudden it all opens up for us a bit more.”


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