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Lampard proud of scoring landmark

Frank Lampard expressed his pride at becoming England's highest scoring midfielder after the 8-0 demolition of San Marino.

Last Updated: 23/03/13 at 12:21 Post Comment

Frank Lampard: England's highest scoring midfielder

Frank Lampard: England's highest scoring midfielder

Frank Lampard expressed his pride at becoming England's highest scoring midfielder after the 8-0 demolition of San Marino in Friday night's World Cup qualifier in Serravalle.

Lampard had been level on 27 goals with David Platt after his spectacular friendly winner against Brazil at Wembley last month, and moved into the lead by netting his side's fifth goal against the minnows.

It capped a memorable week for Lampard, who scored his 200th Chelsea goal and then captained out his country in place of the rested Steven Gerrard.

He said: "It feels very good to be England's highest midfield goalscorer. I'm very proud of that achievement.

"All my career, I've looked to score goals. It was great to be up there with the likes of the Bryan Robsons and the David Platts.

"Now I am above them and it was also an honour as always to wear the armband for your country.

"Stevie will be back on Tuesday (in Montenegro) so he will take it, but I am really pleased with how I played."

England head coach Roy Hodgson made several changes, including resting Gerrard, Glen Johnson, Ashley Cole, Danny Welbeck and James Milner.

But Lampard believes all the players who came into the side did themselves justice against a team officially ranked the worst in the world at 207th in the FIFA rankings.

He said: "We worked all week hard to concentrate on this game and then we could move on to the next one afterwards.

"We said if we approached it in the right way, then we would have no problems and that is what happened.

"Everyone who played did themselves a favour. Everyone turned up but Montenegro is a different game so we might approach it in a slightly different way.

"It was a great confidence boost for us to score so many goals. Whoever is asked, will be ready on Tuesday."

Jermain Defoe hopes he has pressed his claims to play after scoring twice in England's biggest win for 26 years - since they defeated Turkey by the same margin.

The Tottenham striker was denied a hat-trick when he had a first half effort ruled out for offside despite television replays suggesting he had been level with the last defender.

He said: "Have I helped my chances of playing Tuesday? As a forward you want to play and get your goals and I got my chances and managed to score two goals.

"I've always been the same - when you get given an opportunity, you've got to take it and grab it with both hands.

"I don't know what is happening on Tuesday - but if selected I'll be ready."

An own goal from Alessandro Della Valle opened the floodgates for England, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ashley Young, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge also on target.


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