Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard admits his call-up to the England squad this season was a big reality check.
Bullard, 30, said: âIt wasnât until I got to train with Frank (Lampard) that I realised the level needed to be an England player. Everything about him is absolute quality â his touch, vision and then thereâs his ability to score goals.
âWhat better way for a midfielder to make headlines than to score goals?â
Bullard goes into todayâs game with Newcastle having scored just three since the start of the year.
He added: âIâve never been a massive goalscorer. When you see Frank or Steven Gerrard itâs unbelievable how many they score.
âI donât know how they do it but they seem to score every week.
âI need to improve that part of my game but I donât think itâs something you can practice that much â itâs all about natural ability.
âItâs been said itâs harder for me because I donât have the players around me that they do. But I bet if they played for Fulham theyâd still be banging them in.â