Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard says he is happy to play in a more disciplined role for England, despite it not being his natural position. The 30-year-old's less advanced role has meant the Three Lions have been able to maximise the attacking threat of Steven Gerrard, who played on the left wing against Slovakia. And Lampard says he is happy to play in that position to aid England's cause. "I’ve been playing more of a disciplined role since Mr Capello has come in and I don’t mind that,” he said. “Although it is not my natural game, I try to do as well as I can for the team." With Gerrard and Wayne Rooney given licence to support the lone striker, Lampard’s new role could finally be the key to himself and Gerrard successfully playing together for their country. However, the former West Ham midfielder still found time to come forward in last Saturday's friendly against Slovakia, netting the third England goal in a comfortable 4-0 victory. “I did enjoy the last 20 minutes when I had a bit of freedom,” he said. “Hopefully now, even from deeper I can still keep getting into goal-scoring positions and help the team." England host Ukraine on Wednesday as they continue their 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign, looking to make it five wins out of five, with the newly disciplined Lampard remaining cautious ahead of the Wembley encounter. “The Slovakians are similar to Ukraine tactically so now we can look at the things we did not do quite as well on Saturday and try to do those better,” he said. The new issue of FourFourTwo is out now, featuring: • Interviews with Kaka, Arshavin, Terry, Motty, Stam, Dave Mackay & the Chuckle Brothers • The Top 50 Football League Players • Football’s Top 20 Hoaxes • The Best Youth Team Ever • Inside The Damned United • Swansea vs Cardiff Plus a FREE 36-page England supplement ENGLAND FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews section for more stuff to read: One on One Kevin Keegan, Sven-Göran Eriksson, David Beckham, Michael Owen, Paul Gascoigne, Ian Wright Web Exclusives Gary Lineker, Paul Gascoigne, Glenn Hoddle, Wayne Rooney, Q&A Fabio Capello, Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott Boy's A Bit Special Theo Walcott, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Michael Mancienne, David Wheater Ask A Silly Question Sir Geoff Hurst, Alan Ball, Bryan Robson, Peter Crouch, John Barnes, Peter Reid, My Secret Vice Jimmy Bullard What Happened Next? Carlton Palmer Perfect XI Sir Bobby Charlton, Graham Taylor, Bryan Robson, Ian Wright
30 March 2009
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