Lampard backs passionate Chelsea skipper

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Midfielder Frank Lampard insists England and Chelsea team-mate John Terry spoke out because he wants to "hit things head-on".

On Sunday, former captain John Terry laid bare a series of grievances and personnel issues which he vowed to raise at a pre-planned team meeting with manager Fabio Capello.

Opinion has been mixed about Terry's motives for speaking out, but Lampard said: "I don't think anyone wants to give too much away about what was said. I think it's been particularly overdone in terms of a 'crisis meeting'...but I understand what John Terry was saying because he's passionate like that, as a player as a person."

He added: "Every person deals with things differently. Some won't say much and others want to hit things head-on.

"But people want to see a reaction and people have said he (Terry) has said some positive things.

"We'll try to hit things head-on on the training ground."

Lampard added at the press conference at England's World Cup training camp in Rustenburg: "It seems to me the manager and (number two) Franco Baldini have always been very approachable."

Lampard gave his unequivocal backing to Capello, insisting that he wanted him to stay in the job after the World Cup.

He said: "It's always been the same thing with football - you have your up and down moments. I've really enjoyed working with him and, yes, I would like him to stay.

"I've been lucky enough to work with some fantastic managers and Fabio Capello is right up there."

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