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Lampard rules out retiring, yet

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 2 Jun 2012

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Frank Lampard insists he will not consider retiring from England duty after pulling out of Euro 2012 with a thigh injury.

The Chelsea stalwart had been handed the No.8 shirt for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine but was injured in training this week and had to withdraw from the squad on medical advice.

And, despite admitting his chances of featuring for England at another major international tournament are slim, Lampard is refusing to make any rash decisions.

“I don’t know, I’m taking it as it comes at the minute.” he said in an interview with Absolute Radio.

“I’m certainly not pulling out after the Euros, but Brazil at 36 would be some feat for me in that heat.

“It would be an amazing trip.”

The 33-year-old, who has amassed 90 caps over a 13-year England career, did talk up the possibility of his club team-mate Ashley Cole featuring in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, however.

“Yeah, I actually spoke with Ashley about it the other day, and I think Brazil should certainly be in his mind,” Lampard said.

“He’s got the legs, he’s got the age hasn’t he?”

Lampard also spoke of how the combination of Roy Hodgson’s short time in charge, lowered expectations, and the continuing injury woes of senior players may benefit England in Poland and Ukraine.

“I think one bonus for us is that there is all-of-this negative feel about the squad selection, about suspensions, about the manager coming in,” he added.

“It maybe gives us a different angle to what we’ve had before.

“Normally we go in thinking we’re going to win things and it might just take the pressure off a little bit.”

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