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I’m not ready to quit England yet, insists Lampard

Frank Lampard has insisted he is nowhere near quitting England, claiming he or whoever is in charge will know when his time is up.

Lampard refused to go as far as David Beckham, who has always said he would answer his country's call until the day he hangs up his boots.

But the 33-year-old was certainly determined to keep his place in the starting line-up for next month's final European Championship qualifier in Montenegro and beyond.

Chelsea midfielder Lampard was controversially left out of Friday's 3-0 Group G win in Bulgaria, the first time he had not started a competitive international when available for four years.

That led some to predict he was all but finished as an England player but Lampard was adamant after being recalled for Tuesday night's victory over Wales that he still had the hunger to play for his country.

“One thing I do know is that, while I can give everything, I will give everything,” he said.

Unfortunately for Lampard, he did little to suggest last night that his best days are not behind him, although he was not alone in underperforming.

“We weren't at our best — it was a very important win,” he said of the victory that left England needing just a point to qualify for the Euro 2012 finals.

Lampard's recall came at the expense of Spurs midfielder Scott Parker, who admitted he was “disappointed” to miss out.

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