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Lampard excited for London Olympics

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24/7

Chelsea star Frank Lampard has lent his support to Team GB's efforts at this summer's London Olympics.

The Blues midfielder has backed Stuart Pearce's side to do well at the games, with Lampard's old England teammate David Beckham likely to be leading the team out on home soil.

Speaking to Chelsea's official website, Lampard gave his opinion on the Olympics, what it means for London, and shared some of his favourite sporting memories.

The 34-year-old would have been 10 years old during the 1988 Seoul Olympics, and Lampard named the South Korean games as one of his earliest sporting memories.

"Can I say the Winter Olympics?" said Lampard. "That would be Eddie the Eagle. I also remember the Seoul Olympics in 1988, getting up early and watching it before school."

But when it comes to this summer's games, the Chelsea star admits that Olympics football has never really been a top priority for Premier League stars. But Lampard revealed he would still be cheering on his teammates in London when the competition begins.

"It's very new to us in Great Britain," said the Stamford Bridge star. "The South Americans and Africans have been much more brought up on it than we have, but that shouldn't take away from us trying our best to do well in the tournament. I am sure the players involved in it will do, but the World Cup is the very best in football."

A European nation hasn't won football Olympic gold since Pep Guardiola and Spain won it on home soil in 1992, and Stuart Pearce will be hoping home advantage will give his side a real chance when the tournament kicks off next month.

On a lighter note, Lampard was asked which Olympic sport he would do best at, and to no surprise, the box-to-box midfielder chose a stamina-based event.

"I would go for the rowing," said Lampard. "I hear Ash [Ashley Cole] nominated me for the 400 metres, but I don't think I could step up, I don't have that injection of speed!"

And who would challenge Usain Bolt and the Jamaican sprint team should Chelsea put forward a 4x100 metre relay team?

"Daniel Sturridge, Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic, he's a powerhouse, and Ryan Bertrand," according to the Blues legend.

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