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World Cup 2010: No rift in England camp - Lampard

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No player unrest at team meeting - Lampard

Midfielder Frank Lampard has dismissed suggestions there are any rifts within the England World Cup squad.

On Sunday, defender John Terry said the players would be seeking clear-the-air talks with coach Fabio Capello at a pre-planned meeting later that evening.

However, Lampard said: "I think it's been particularly overdone in terms of a 'crisis meeting'.

"The meeting was just the manager dealing with the Algeria match and we moved on."

England face a crunch final World Cup group game against Slovenia on Wednesday, knowing that only a victory will guarantee their progression to the last 16 of the tournament.

Fabio Capello, Steven Gerrard and Peter Crouch in training

England train ahead of crunch match

Defeat would see them eliminated and a draw would leave their fate depending on the result in the other Group C game between the United States and Algeria.

England find themselves at risk of what would seal their first World Cup group-stage exit since 1958 largely because of their heavily-criticised goalless draw with Algeria in Cape Town last Friday.

Former captain Terry said on Sunday that while the squad was "fully behind" Capello, he and a number of other players had conducted a frank exchange of views following the Algeria game and that they intended to share these with the Italian coach.

But Lampard refuted that this had been the case, saying: "That is John for you, he is a passionate man and a passionate player, but it was just an ordinary meeting.

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"We have three or four of them each week to look at different things and, no, it was not heated at all.

"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.

"We'll try to hit things head-on on the training ground."

Lampard also denied that the exchange of views between the players was anything out of the ordinary.

"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," he explained.

Lampard gave his full backing to Capello, who it has been suggested would lose his job as England coach if he fails to lead them past the group stages.

"It seems to me the manager and [number two] Franco Baldini have always been very approachable," said Lampard.

John Terry news conference in full

"It's always been the same thing with football - you have your up and down moments.

"I've been lucky enough to work with some fantastic managers and Fabio Capello is right up there. I've really enjoyed working with him and, yes, I would like him to stay.

"He's a strong manager and his style is very strong but we respect him very much, have faith in him and have faith we'll win on Wednesday."

One of the issues raised by Terry on Sunday was the make-up of Capello's team, with the Chelsea skipper calling for the inclusion of midfielder Joe Cole, who he believes is one of two players in the squad - along with striker Wayne Rooney - capable of "unlocking defences".

Lampard denied that this had offended other players, saying: "I don't think players are that sensitive.

"I wasn't knocking John's door down saying 'Do you think I can't unlock a defence?'."



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see also
Capello 'to quit if England exit'
20 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
England hold clear-the-air talks
20 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Ronaldo backs Rooney to improve
20 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Rooney says sorry to England fans
19 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Gerrard calls for fighting spirit
19 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
England display confuses Capello
19 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
How England can qualify
23 Jun 10 |  World Cup 2010
Team tracker and Predictor
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