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Chelsea midfielder Lampard: Eriksson had massive influence on me

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has paid tribute to former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson.

Lampard is set to play his 100th game for England tonight.

He told the London Evening Standard: "When it comes to a coach who had a big role in my England career, Sven-Goran Eriksson always helped me hugely because he put a lot of confidence in me and broke me into the team pre-Euro 2004.

"There wasn't anything in particular that Sven said to me that was inspirational apart from saying, 'You are in the team', but that was more than enough to provide a huge lift.

"You have to remember that at the time England's midfield had been well established with players like Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes so it meant a lot to me to play in the first team alongside them.

"He really gave me my chance, gave me my self-belief at international level. I will always remember that with high regard."

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