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Terry Butcher view

Terry Butcher
By Terry Butcher
Former England captain

Frank Lampard felt the disapproval of his own fans when England faced Brazil at Wembley on Friday - but he is good enough and big enough to deal with that.

It is not nice and I cannot condone England fans jeering their own players - but what I can say is I know how Frank feels and know he will overcome it.

Frank Lampard
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Terry Butcher

I was booed at Wembley as an England player myself, purely on the basis that the fans wanted an Arsenal player in the team rather than an Ipswich Town or Rangers player, as I was at those times.

Tony Adams was my rival for a place and there was never, ever a problem between us, but it is not great to hear your name being booed by people who should be behind you.

My attitude was simple. It steeled me and made me even more determined to have those fans cheering for me by the end.

Lampard is a very strong character and one of the best midfield players in Europe, so I fully expect him to adopt the same approach.

He was asked to play a different role on Friday against Brazil, with the two central midfield players sitting in front of the back-four, but he did it very professionally.

Gerrard really caught the eye, but I thought Frank was effective as well.

I see no reason at all to drop him against Estonia. Why would you do that? Who would you drop him for?

I certainly wouldn't drop him for Ledley King or Michael Carrick. That would be an unneccesary defensive measure.

England should make a change up front and bring Peter Crouch in for Alan Smith

I'm looking forward to the game in Estonia because I think England will do well and win.

I do think we are in danger of building Estonia up too much, though. This is Estonia for goodness sake - they haven't even scored a goal in the group.

England should win this comfortably; the problems may come against Russia and Croatia.

I think England should make a change up front and bring Peter Crouch in for Alan Smith.

Crouch and Owen has worked as a partnership before, whereas Owen and Smith looked a bit of a work in progress on Friday.

The Liverpool striker will give England extra options from set-pieces and also with balls into the box.

If England win and Beckham plays his part, we must say McClaren has done his job

He will also allow England to go route one should the occasion demand it.

Crouch could be a perfect target for David Beckham's delivery, which created the goal for John Terry against Brazil.

There is also talk of playing Kieron Dyer playing at right-back, but I wouldn't be experimenting.

I think we should have more than enough with Jamie Carragher at right-back, who I think is a very strong and reliable defender who did nothing wrong against Brazil.

Set-pieces could be vital in Tallinn and this remains Beckham's great strength, as he showed again at Wembley.

My view on Beckham is well known. I wouldn't have brought him back, but coach Steve McClaren has brought him back to win this game in Estonia.

If England win and Beckham plays his part, we must say McClaren has done his job.

Beckham is back and in the team so we must support him, whether we agree with that decision or not.

I'm backing England to win with something to spare - and for Lampard to hopefully silence his critics with a goal.



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