Sunday, March 25, 2007




Frank Lampard has insisted England’s confidence is still intact as they look back on a goalless draw in Israel and ahead to a crucial tie in Andorra.

Lampard admits there was a sense of frustration in Tel Aviv as the Three Lions created a string of chances but couldn’t put them away.

But there is no chance of England giving up hope of qualifying for the Euro 2008 finals and no chance of them feeling down in the dumps.

The Chelsea midfielder said: "The confidence is still good. We’re disappointed at this moment but we’re a confident bunch.

"All we can do now is work hard, stay positive, stay confident, hope we get a result in Andorra and then push on. That’s very important."

Lampard says he is doubly frustrated because he personally came so close to hitting the net in Tel Aviv, one with a header and once with a volley, and that could have made all the difference.

He said: "I had a few half chances, none of them were clear cut, but I’m disappointed they didn’t go in, especially the header. I got a decent connection but it just fell the wrong side of the post.

"It that had gone in it would have won the game, simple as that. In fact we would probably have won it by more than one goal.

"There was no threat from them, particularly in the second half there was no threat at all. It was only a matter of making a breakthrough. That’s the disappointment of the night, that we didn’t take our chances.

"If we’d scored we would have won it. But we started slow and that’s not good. You need to start fast and silence the fans. It took us a while to do that but we did eventually. It’s quite straightforward - if you don’t take chances you don’t win games."

England hope to put that right against Andorra, a team they have already beaten 5-0 at home.

"We have the players to get it right," insisted Lampard. "We have got strikers, we have goals from all over the team. All you can do is keep your head down and hope they come."

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