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Lampard plays down Gerrard conundrum

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Frank Lampard believes further focus on whether he and Steven Gerrard can combine at the heart of England's midfield is "looking at the wrong issue" for national team success.

Manager Fabio Capello may ditch his holding midfielder for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan and instead opt to pair fit-again Liverpool captain Gerrard with Lampard in the centre.

"It is very important to talk about the team," said Lampard, who maintains the perpetual examination of the dynamics of their partnership is unnecessary. "We can look into the wrong issues. We are breaking it down much too much."

He added: "I am not trying to find issues with certain players. Stevie and I have not really done quite what we could do over the last couple of years.

"We have been playing at a high level for our clubs and people expect the same for England and it does not always happen.

"But the Croatia performance shows that when we play as a team, that is what is important."

Lampard added: "The manager is focused on that very much. The manager will pick the team and the players are there to play as a group.

"If you look too much into things you can find problems."

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