Lampard: It doesn't get better

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Frank Lampard has admitted that life in football doesn't get much better after captaining England to victory over the world and European champions at Wembley.

The Chelsea midfielder nodded home the only goal of the game against Spain, taking advantage of Darren Bent's mis-fortune when the Aston Villa striker hit the insider of the post with a header of his own.

It was a backs-to-the-wall performance from the Three Lions against Vicente del Bosque's side, but one that Lampard is confident the squad can build on, starting against Sweden tonight.

"No, looking back it doesn't," said the 90-cap international when asked if the game on Saturday could have got any better for himself.

"It was a very tough game, and the first-half wasn't the most enjoyable kind of game, it was very hard having to work hard to stop them playing. But, overall, the day was a very proud moment for me to walk out as captain and poach the winner.

"It certainly means a lot, I think a lot of people expected us to lose and get a pasting, but we believed in ourselves a bit more than that, and when you think of the changes and the young players that were involved and came on, as well as the players that aren't fit and available, it has to be a boost.

"We know there is a long way to go, we can improve in terms of our possession and winning the ball back from them, but it's a nice start when you think the Euro's are about six months away. We have something to build from and try and improve on."

Lampard has special praise for the young players in the squad, particularly those who came on to make such a positive impact against the Spanish.

Fabio Capello is poised to give more of the England U21 graduates a chance in tonight's Wembley clash, and the competition for places is a major positive in Lampard's eyes.

"The hunger and the freshness the young boys bring into the squad is a really good thing, and it sharpens up training," he added.

"It makes the competition for places even harder, and hopefully we can continue to see the benefits of that."

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