Former England manager Graham Taylor has hit out at the raft of withdrawals from Fabio Capello's squad for this week's friendly in Germany.
Taylor said: "I am one of those who places the Cross of St George at the forefront of everything."
Gerrard and Lampard were forced to report to the England hotel on Sunday night - after Liverpool incensed Capello by announcing that their captain was out - before being sent home once FA medical staff were satisfied that they were indeed injured.
Taylor, who suffered the same problems as England manager between 1990-93, said: "The most important thing in this country is the international team.
"The problem I have is when players are ruled out for their country on a Wednesday then play for their clubs three days later. Their recovery never ceases to amaze me.
"I like the example of John Terry who, as captain, clearly has a foot injury yet wants to play and I expect him to play."