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Chelsea ace Lampard denies England camp in crisis

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard insists there's no crisis inside the England camp.

The midfielder was paraded before the media to try and diffuse the impact of Chelsea team-mate John Terry's comments 24 hours earlier.

Lampard said: "I saw some of his comments and John is very passionate as are all 23 members of this squad. He has been here a long time and is an experienced player.

"He was talking about being 100% behind the manager, that the team wanted to turn it around. One of us gets put up every day to speak and John was trying to convey the message that we are going to fight and try and turn things around."

Lampard, who was 32 yesterday, added: "I don't like talking about meetings because the reason we have meetings together is so they can stay in-house.

"But it certainly wasn't a crisis meeting. The manager spoke, we watched some of the Algerian game which wasn't the best. We had a look at things that we need to put right - and that was it.

"On the other hand, if the players do want to speak to the manager or (general manager) Franco Baldini, the door is always open for them to speak to them. I think people have jumped on things, saying it was a huge crisis meeting with people having it out. But at the meeting yesterday, we just dealt with the Algerian game.

"In terms of team selections and tactics, I've always grown up in football where the manager dictates those sort of things.

"If you want to speak to him, that's fair enough, but it is the manager's responsibility to get the best out of his players and pick the team."

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