Lampard confident England's Euro preparations won't be hit by managerial saga
18:14 GMT, 24 April 2012
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard is confident England's managerial saga will not derail their European Championship campaign.
The 33-year-old claims the squad is good enough to make light of Fabio Capello's shock departure in Poland and Ukraine, whoever takes charge for the tournament.
Capello quit in February over the Football Association's decision to strip John Terry of the captaincy.
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Despite there being only just over a month before Euro 2012 begins, the FA have still yet to appoint a replacement, with Stuart Pearce currently set to remain in charge as caretaker.
Lampard, who has seen plenty of managers come and go at club and international level, told uefa.com: 'It's something as a player you learn to cope with.
'Managers leave at times you don't expect them to sometimes.
'Can it be a negative because we've lost a manager and we lose our way, or can it be positive because we galvanise ourselves, whoever comes into lead us galvanises the team and it goes very well
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'We've seen that happen so many times.
'The important thing in this situation is that you've got the ability in the squad and in the players.
'And I believe in the squad we have that.
'So, for me, I don't think it makes much difference. It'll only be us who can dictate what difference it makes by playing well.'
Lampard's international career appeared to be winding down before Capello quit and, at 33, he accepts Euro 2012 could be one of his last chances to win something.
He said: 'I've been in England squads in tournaments before where you feel a real bandwagon, where the fans are getting excited, you're getting good results, the team's playing well, you feel you can go and win a tournament.
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'And then I've been in tournaments where it stutters and whether you're playing regularly or you're playing every game or you're just in the hotel in the squad, the feeling isn't there.
'It's realistically going to be one of my last tournaments.
'I'd love to be part of an England squad that goes there and starts well and looks like we can go all the way, and hopefully then my part can be big in that and I can help the team.'
England's dismal 2010 World Cup campaign led to Capello blooding more youngsters during Euro 2012 qualifying.
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'It's something we needed as a country,' Lampard said.
'We were all disappointed, the players that played in 2010, the nation expecting more out of the team, and quite rightly so.
'It needed these young boys to come through. They've shown great ability and great talent. This is something that the fans wanted to see.
'It brings a lot of youth and energy into the team and it was something that was certainly required for us as a group.
'Those players will be the present and the future of England now.'