England captain John Terry has rallied behind dropped club colleague Frank Lampard, insisting the Chelsea man is still a vital component to Fabio Capello's plans.
Lampard was left out of England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Bulgaria for the first time since 2007, as Capello opted for Scott Parker, Gareth Barry and Theo Walcott in midfield.
The shock drop of Lampard has led many to believe this may be the beginning of the end of the 33-year-old's international career, however club teammate Terry has quashed such talk, insisting the midfielder can still play a part for his country.
"Write Frank Lampard off at your peril," Terry said. "I have known him an awful long time and he was disappointed about not starting but trained incredibly hard the day after and he remains one of the best players I have ever played with.
"Because of his age people tend to write him off but he is still in excellent form. His record for England has been incredible."
The likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Tom Cleverley are just some of the new faces in the England set up, and Terry admits that the once establish names are looking over their shoulder.
"I think we all feel that in the squad, that has come in conjunction with the younger players really pushing on and playing well for their club sides," he added. "People said we maybe took it for granted, playing in the side, but that has never been the case since I have been involved for England.
"It is a great mixture in the squad and I think Frank will rise to the occasion and will be back in the side very soon. We saw the other night Chris Smalling did well and Gary Cahill alongside me. Its not just Frank, we all feel pressure from the younger players for our places."
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