Hodgson hails Lampard and young squad after 2-1 win over Brazil

2/7/13 in Soccer   |   JamesSmith23   |   1411 respect

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England manager Roy Hodgson insists Frank Lampard can win over 100 caps for the Three Lions if the midfield maestro continues performing at such high standards and seeks a future in Europe beyond this season.

Frank Lampard scored the winner for England in a 2-1 victory over Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday. The Chelsea midfielder has been linked to a move to MLS in recent days, a move that he is expected to complete during the summer transfer window.

Roy Hodgson has advised Frank Lampard to stay close to Europe if he wants to continue his international career.

“He [Frank Lampard] was excellent,” Roy Hodgson said. “I think he can (reach 100 caps). I hope we'll keep Frank in England. It's not for me to discuss his future with his current club, that's for him and his club. I know he'll have a lot of offers if Chelsea do decide they're prepared to let him go.”

“I'm rather hoping we'll still see him, if not in England then Europe which will make my task easier. If he goes further afield and follows David (Beckham to MLS), it complicates matters but it doesn't mean your career is over with England.

“But the further afield you go, the more problematic it gets for the media and the England manager to follow you.”

Wayne Rooney provided England with the lead in the first-half. Meanwhile, England goalkeeper Joe Hart saved a spot-kick from Ronaldinho. Brazilian striker Fred struck an equalizer soon after the second-half kicked off, but Frank Lampard brought England back into the game with a good winner.

“I hope that gives them belief,” Roy Hodgson said. “We had quite a young team out there, with players 22 or younger.

“The man of the match (Jack Wilshere) was 21. Theo Walcott is 22 and was a contender. It was a blend of youth and experience.

“There were also young players in (Tom) Cleverley, (Danny) Welbeck, (Chris) Smalling. So it's nice they're blending with the experienced ones and seeing they're good enough to play in this team and win matches.

“The thing that pleased me the most was the character we showed after that dodgy spell at the start of the second half.

“They smelt a bit of blood, I thought we did well to survive that period and to get back on track and take control of the game again.”

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