Lampard earns England captaincy


Frank Lampard will captain England against World and European Champions Spain this weekend, in the absence of John Terry.

Terry, whose currently being investigated following allegations of racial abuse towards Anton Ferdinand, will be on the bench on Saturday however, the defender will reclaim the armband when he returns from the start against Sweden on Tuesday.

Lampard will start in midfielder alongside Manchester United defender Phil Jones, and the Chelsea man says captaining England will be the proudest achievement of his career.

"My proudest moment in an England shirt and I've had a few," Lampard said. "To lead your country out at Wembley is very special.

"They're the best international team I can remember in a long long time. We all know what we've got to tackle tomorrow.

"We're aware of the individuals they've got, the Xavi's and the Iniesta's. It's important we get to grips with them and imprint our game on them. We have to play to our strengths."

Being a close friend of Terry, Lampard was asked about the currently allegations surrounding the club captain, but shrugged off any talk the 30-year-old is struggling under the pressure.

"He's coping just fine," Lamaprd added. "We've all had our moments where it's difficult in football. His character is fine. When he plays on Tuesday you'll see exactly the same John as always. There's lots of respect for him in the dressing room.

"I've worked with John a long time professionally and as a friend and he's always been a great friend to play with."

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