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Chelsea great Lampard: I was brutally honest with FA director Ashworth

Frank Lampard has revealed he had an open and honest chat with the Football Association's director of elite development Dan Ashworth regarding the England national team.

The Chelsea legend, who is currently with MLS side New York City FC, was reported to have been consulted by Ashworth as the search continues for Roy Hodgson's replacement.

Lampard has admitted that it was more of a conversation than a consultancy but did reveal that he did not hold back with his thoughts on the recent failings of the Three Lions at Euro2016 which led to Hodgson's resignation.

"I think the FA needs to change itself. The FA needs to be a little more forward thinking. When I spoke to Dan Ashworth, to be fair, he was very forward thinking," he told Tubes from Sky Sports' Soccer AM in the USA.

"We had a chat. Consultancy sounds kind of strong. It was a phone call, it was my opinions on what happened at the Euros, where I see it going, what my feelings are of when I played for England, and what I can see with the team now.

"I was honest, brutally honest. Sometimes you get knocked down when you speak about England because people say 'well you were rubbish, you never won nothing'. Fair enough, we didn't, but we had the experience of it and, after playing for my country and playing in the Champions League, you feel you have an opinion

"I think 'fair play to the FA' for opening that out, not just to myself but to Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard, Gary Lineker and Harry Redknapp.

"A smart man takes information from everywhere and then makes a decision - hopefully the right one."

Andrew Slevison
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