Chelsea's all-time top goalscorer and England international Frank Lampard has admitted the so-called 'Golden Generation' have let England fans down.

The 34-year-old, who has won every honour in club football with Chelsea, told talkSPORT: "We've all performed in the Premier League and Champions League. As a group and individually, I'll hold my hands up and say at World Cups I haven't performed.

"It certainly isn't for the want of trying," said Lampard - despite 28 goals in 95 England appearances, international silverware has eluded him - "but when you look back at the end and you say, 'Yes, I've ticked all those boxes,' the international one, none of us have ticked."

The midfielder also revealed that he has enjoyed representing England more as he matures: "I've grown more in love with England as I've got older. I think my appreciation for playing for my country has risen - it doesn't go on forever - and I really enjoy it at the minute."

Lampard is set to captain Chelsea on a post-season tour to the United States after signing a new one-year deal at Stamford Bridge. He will take part in back-to-back games against Manchester City before joining the England squad for the upcoming friendlies.

Roy Hodgson's squad face the Republic of Ireland at Wembley Stadium on May 29 before playing World Cup hosts Brazil in Rio de Janeiro three days later - while Lampard has been reflecting on the retirements of David Beckham, Michael Owen and Jamie Carragher.

Meanwhile, the Chelsea players are said to be looking forward to the return of manager Jose Mourinho.

"He has a presence and an aura and a way with people," said Lampard. "Tactically he’s fantastic. He’s very astute. As a team he sets you up brilliantly.

"But what he does is he gets the best out of players and gets this togetherness that I’d never known until he came to the club and I haven’t seen it again since then.

"Mourinho was the best. For me, he was. He brought my confidence to a level it had never been."

Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has urged the Blues to secure their new permanent manager as quickly as possible to give the club the best chance of success next season, following yesterday's 2-1 win over Everton to ensure Champions League qualification.

"The earlier he can be here, he can start work on things and not leave it for the last moment. You give the new boss the time to prepare things," said the 31-year-old after it was revealed that Chelsea would have £100 million to spend on transfers this summer.

"Every summer at a club is important because you have some changes in the squad. We will have a new manager and have to prepare for the oncoming season."

 

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