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Monday, June 21, 2010
Lampard denies crisis talk

Soccernet staff

Frank Lampard feels reports of crisis within the England camp have been greatly overstated in the English press and defended John Terry's press conference.

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"First and foremost, I don't think anyone would like to give away too much about the meeting," he said. "They're an in-house thing.

"Really, the manager just spoke himself and we watched the Algeria game and the manager addressed that game."

Terry had suggested strong views would be exchanged at the meeting when he held his press conference on Sunday morning but, asked whether it should have been viewed as a chance to clear the air, Lampard said: "No, that wasn't the case.

"I think it's been particularly overdone in terms of a 'crisis meeting' ... but I understand what John Terry was saying because he's passionate like that, as a player as a person.

"Every person deals with things differently. Some won't say much and others want to hit things head-on, but people want to see a reaction and people have said he (Terry) has said some positive things.

"John said with a straight face what he felt. It wasn't heated.

"The truth is we're all looking forward to turning in a win against Slovenia and going through."

Lampard confirmed he had spoken with several other players on Friday night about the problems of the Algeria match, but laughed off suggestions he was a "rebel".

"I'm not a rebel - but I've had my moments! The fact I'm seen as 'a rebel' baffles me. It was lads sitting down talking about the game. That's the only way I've known a team to talk about results. Socialising is a completely normal thing."

The vice-captain also said he hoped Fabio Capello would remain as manager even if England failed to qualify for the second round. "Capello isn't to blame," he added. "That's like saying Robert Green is to blame for us drawing with the United States.

"It's always been the same thing with football - you have your up and down moments. I've really enjoyed working with him and, yes, I would like him to stay.

"I've been lucky enough to work with some fantastic managers and Fabio Capello is right up there."

Meanwhile, Capello has confirmed that Matthew Upson will start in central defence against Slovenia due to the absence of Ledley King and Jamie Carragher.

England, though, will have to revise their training plans after being told they will not be able to train at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Tuesday due to problems at the ground.




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