Frank Lampard coy on England squad

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England midfielder Frank Lampard believes the team "didn't need a reality check" following the 2-0 defeat to Chile in a friendly at Wembley on Friday night.

One goal in each half from Barcelona starlet Alexis Sanchez was enough to condemn the Three Lions to their first defeat in 10 matches.

Lampard, who received his 100th cap before the match from his father, Frank Lampard senior, told ITV: "We didn't need a reality check.

"We are very aware of the job in hand. We are not on the moon and we are not terrible - we are somewhere in between.

"We need to concentrate on what we are doing, we have got another game against top class opposition on Tuesday and we need to improve."

He added: "We have qualified for Brazil and have to take certain things on the chin, learn from the mistakes, but also look at the fact we created a lot of chances."

The friendly allowed manager Roy Hodgson to experiment with his team as he begins the long process in deciding who he takes to next summer's World Cup in Brazil, and the Chelsea midfielder believes it was a worthwhile outing whilst reserving praise for Chile.

"I think they are a good team first and foremost," said Lampard.

"We knew that coming into the game. It is a different style to what we have been playing recently. It was a great exercise for us."

England will be hoping for a much better result when they welcome arch rivals Germany to Wembley on Tuesday, and Hodgson is expected to ring the changes, bringing back the likes of Ashley Cole, Joe Hart and Andros Townsend.

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