Lampard looks for success with 'fantastic' Gerrard

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England midfielder Frank Lampard believes he and Steven Gerrard can forge a successful partnership in the centre of the park for the Three Lions this summer.

The Liverpool skipper has become captain of his country for the World Cup campaign after Rio Ferdinand was forced to withdraw through injury yesterday (Friday), with the Chelsea star stepping up to become the new vice-captain.

The pair have been criticised in the past for failing to perform at their top level when playing together, but Lampard believes that they can put the 'myth' to bed in Souh Arica.

"I believe we can play together because intelligent players who play as we do for our clubs should be able to play together," Lampard told Sky Sports News.

"I do get fed up with it. It had gone quiet for a while, but it has come back now. It is the manager's decision and we have got faith in him."

On Gerrard beoming the new leader for his country, Lampard was full of praise for his colleague and believes the 30-year-old can reproduce his Anfield form at the highest level.

"The England captaincy is a huge thing for anyone who holds it and I think Steven has got that quiet way about him off the pitch that everyone respects," noted Lampard.

"I think he'll do the job he does at Liverpool, which has been fantastic for years."

The former West Ham midfielder turned his attention to the first match against USA, and was quick to play down the importance of victory in the first match.

England are favourite to win Group C and qualify comfortably for the secnd round, but the 31-year-old recognised the importance of peaking at the right time.

"It is not all about winning that first game, but if we do win it puts us in a very strong position in the group," says Lampard.

"America will be determined to beat us because of the rivalry, so we don't have to make it the be all and end all."

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