It came as a surprise to many that Frank Lampard was left out of the England team to play Bulgaria on Friday evening. It proved to be the right decision though as Fabio Capello’s team won 3-0 to put themselves in pole position to qualify for next years Euro 2012 Championships.
Capello has been speaking to the press about Lampard’s omission and said, “Lampard is one of the best English midfielders, but I need to choose the players, not the name. The first two games he played were not good and at this moment Barry is in really good form. My players… will need to accept my decisions. It is the start of the season and he needs to play more games.”
Asked about whether Lampard would play against Wales on Tuesday Capello would not commit eaither way, but he did say, “Frank is part of this squad. He is a professional and when he came on he was really focussed and did well.”
Club captain John Terry was surprised by the omission of Lampard who could only find a place on the bench. He said, “I think that goes for all of us, myself included, everyone in the squad. We saw the manager earlier in the week leave Rio Ferdinand out, so we all feel it. What we are seeing is competition all over the park for places. The youngsters who have come in have brought a lot of enthusiasm into the camp and there is a real emphasis on the way the team wants to go. They are a big part of that and a big part of England’s future. It is down to the manager at the end of the day.”
England’s loss could be Chelsea’s gain. With important Champions League and Premier League games coming up a fresh and fit Frank Lampard could be a real boost to Chelsea and Andre Villas-Boas.