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Beckham is my inspiration, says Lampard

Frank Lampard insists the passion amongst all England players to represent their country is as strong as ever and he will emulate David Beckham in always making himself available.

Lampard admits he will take “great pride” in skippering England for the first time in tonight's friendly international with Denmark.

The Chelsea midfielder refutes the claims of Sir Geoff Hurst that players regard club football as more important than wearing the Three Lions.

He also believes it is a cheap shot for anyone to claim a poor World Cup in South Africa should be interpreted as meaning players do not care about wearing the Three Lions.

Lampard said: “It is great to be captain. It is a huge honour personally, one I've been hanging around a long time for!

“I am very proud and it is one to tell the kids and the grandchildren about.

“My appetite for England is as great as ever and it always will be until the day they don't want me or the day it becomes clear I'm not good enough anymore.

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“I will always be available for England, I'll always have the appetite to play as well as I can, contribute and do well.

“Some people talk about retiring. I'm thinking how many more years can I play and I'll always have that mindset. David Beckham has been an inspiration from that point of view.”

Lampard added: “It is an easy thing to say when you fail in a World Cup that 'the players don't care.'

“Of course we care, we just didn't win. It should always be what you grow up wanting to do. There won't be a prouder man than Jack Wilshere making his full debut.”

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