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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 June 2007, 19:43 GMT 20:43 UK
Lampard appeals to England fans
By Andrew McKenzie

Frank Lampard
Lampard was jeered by some England fans on Friday
Midfielder Frank Lampard has called for England's fans to get behind the team against Estonia on Wednesday.

England travel to Tallinn for a game they must win to get their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign back on track.

Lampard, who was booed by some fans in the 1-1 draw with Brazil on Friday, wants no repeat of the abuse they received away to Andorra in March.

He said: "It's not helpful to the team. It's a bit upsetting but you have to be big enough to take that."

The players and coach Steve McClaren came in for fierce criticism from angry fans as they struggled to see off minnows Andorra in Barcelona.

Lampard was absent from the line-up for that game but returned for the friendly with Brazil on Friday.

However, he became the latest player to be singled out by some England fans for abuse after a disappointing game.

"It's part of playing for England," said the 28-year-old, who has scored just once in his last 14 England appearances.

"A year ago I had just won their player of the year two times on the spin. That's how English football is.

"I've got no problem with it. I remember when people wanted David Beckham out of the team and he got a hero's welcome because he's a great player, he keeps working hard and that's what happens in football.

We've got a great squad and we want to start to performing and we want to start winning games

Frank Lampard
"At the World Cup I didn't score when people expected me to score so I'm fighting to get back in there knocking the goals in again."

It took 54 minutes for England to get the opening goal against Andorra before going on to secure a 3-0 win.

Lampard has pleaded with the fans to be patient in Estonia if they do not manage to get an early goal.

"In Andorra they showed their frustration and you'd have to be a fool not to recognise that," he said. "Estonia are a better team than Andorra, make no mistake about that.

"It is always difficult to travel in Europe and we have to prepare ourselves for a different game than against Brazil.

"You can't go out there thinking if we're not winning after 15 minutes it's no good. It's going to be a tough game.

"The only thing that matters after the game is winning the game. We want to do it well, we want to go one up after 10 minutes, but it might not be like that. If we show the passion and desire we showed against Brazil we can win the game.

"I think we know we're a good bunch of players, we've got a great squad and we want to start performing and we want to start winning games.

"The best thing we can take from Friday is pure confidence. Playing against some of the best players in the world - a great team - and matching them, playing as a team, showing what we can do.

"If we play like that against Estonia then we will win the game."



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