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England midfielder Frank Lampard is focused on sealing qualification to the 2010 World Cup after the setback in Spain this week.

Fabio Capello's men have a 100% record on the road to South Africa but were brought down to earth in Seville when the European champions beat them convincingly.

Next for England is a friendly against Slovakia and a qualifier against Ukraine and Lampard said: "We don't have to be too down. We have to look at the way they moved the ball, their confidence and their quick passing. We lost the game, we have to make sure we learn our lessons and the main aim is to get to the World Cup."

He added: "We need to learn from the Spain game but it was not a huge setback for us because it was a friendly and most people know Spain are the best team in Europe at the moment and possibly in the world."

Skipper John Terry feels the performance was a wake-up call for England.

"That's the target where we want to be in one or two years' time and that's what we have to aim to be," said the Chelsea centre-back. "Maybe it's a good early lesson for us.

"We certainly weren't getting carried away, but we have still beaten the runner-up of Euro 2008 (Germany) last time out. We have come here, learnt our lesson and hopefully that is the kick up the backside for us.

"Hopefully we will go into the qualifiers having learnt a lot from this game and pick up maximum points."

Goalkeeper David James added: "The manager did say from the beginning, this is the best team in Europe if not one of the best teams in the world.

"It's important that we see what we are up against and for the best part of the match we did ourselves proud."

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