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Chelsea veteran Lampard spares England blushes

Frank Lampard has come to England's rescue as they drew 1-1 with Republic of Ireland in an international friendly at Wembley on Wednesday night.

West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long opened the scoring for Giovanni Trapattoni's side in the 13th minute when he glanced home Seamus Coleman's cross from the right only for the Three Lions to level ten minutes later.

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge found himself in some space down the left flank before supplying a ball towards former Chelsea teammate Lampard who managed to flick home from close range.

Ashley Cole, who captained England in his 102nd appearance, almost scored his first international goal early in the second half before Arsenal pair Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott had chances to win it late only to see Millwall keeper David Forde come up with a couple of saves.

Roy Hodgson will be looking for a little more from his side who now get set to take on Brazil at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana on Sunday.

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Andrew Slevison
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