Mourinho wants Chelsea's Lampard at heart of his England
A major attraction of the England position is that it would allow his family to return to London, where they had settled well and recently purchased a house. The reluctance of his two children to leave the city played a significant role in Mourinho's ultimately ill-fated decision to remain at Chelsea last summer despite the multiple problems of the 2006-07 season.
Lampard has been the target of criticism recently and was left out of McClaren's starting XI in Russia. The midfielder, who was booed by England fans last weekend, received a message from Mourinho after the defeat assuring him he would be central to the manager's plans should he take charge.