Onouha hits back at Lampard claims

Manchester City starlet and England U21 captain Nedum Onouha has hit back at Frank Lampard’s claims that young players today get an easy ride and do not deserve such wealthy salaries so soon. The Chelsea and England midfielder said on Tuesday he felt players coming through the ranks in the modern game get “too much, too young,” without having to work for it.

And he advocated young players having to clean the senior players’ boots, as he had to as a rookie to earn respect.

However, Onouha has hit back defending the younger generation. “In terms of our [England U21] players, a lot have grounding," he said. "So in terms of too much too young, I don’t think that’s the case for everyone. It’s a misconception.” The 22-year-old was also quick to point out that, at club level, it’s not quite as easy as Lampard makes out.

“The majority of us at City used to clean the coaching staff’s cars and that was only four or five years ago when some people had thought that had all gone,” he said. Onouha’s U21’s lost only their third game in 25 outings on Tuesday night with a 2-0 defeat to a talented French side.

It proved a night to forget for Stuart Pearce’s charges, with the team bus crashing en route to Nottingham Forest's City Ground before kick-off.

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