Lamps looking to shine brighter

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Frank Lampard is in no doubt there is more to come from him this season - for both England and Chelsea.

With his contract issue now resolved, the 30-year-old has found a new lease of life under Luiz Felipe Scolari at Stamford Bridge.

"I'm very focused this year and I want to improve again and move on again", he said.

His consistency with the Barclays Premier League leaders - netting five goals already - has had a positive impact on his England role, with Lampard producing one of his best international performances to help Fabio Capello's men thump Croatia 4-1 in Zagreb last month.

The Italian could be set to re-unite Lampard with fit-again Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard at the heart of the side for the World Cup qualifier against minnows Kazakhstan at Wembley on Saturday.

Despite the disappointment of missing out on Euro 2008, Lampard revealed he returned to Stamford Bridge fresh and determined to make an impact. "The personal break I had in the summer was great to get away from football for a month," he added.

"The whole contract thing is definitely a weight off my shoulders. That's great for me. Not only did I get bored with it I think everybody got bored reading about it. I know that."

"The new manager has been a breath of fresh air for the club and I just feel very focused and confident. When I feel like that I feel I can improve more. We are playing good football and it's enjoyable to play.

"I am playing some good stuff myself, but it is really helped being surrounded by players who are all moving the ball quickly and we are starting to dominate games.

"I'm big enough to say that for the last couple of years I haven't done as well as I should have done for England - and after Croatia this is a start for me to kick on again and show the sort of form I feel I can."

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