Fulham midfielder Jimmy Bullard admits his call-up to the England squad this season was a big reality check.
Bullard, 30, said: â€śIt wasnâ€™t 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 thereâ€™s his ability to score goals.
â€śWhat better way for a midfielder to make headlines than to score goals?â€ť
Bullard goes into todayâ€™s game with Newcastle having scored just three since the start of the year.
He added: â€śIâ€™ve never been a massive goalscorer. When you see Frank or Steven Gerrard itâ€™s unbelievable how many they score.
â€śI donâ€™t know how they do it but they seem to score every week.
â€śI need to improve that part of my game but I donâ€™t think itâ€™s something you can practice that much â€” itâ€™s all about natural ability.
â€śItâ€™s been said itâ€™s harder for me because I donâ€™t have the players around me that they do. But I bet if they played for Fulham theyâ€™d still be banging them in.â€ť