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Lampard defends Chelsea pal Terry after amazing England rant

Frank Lampard has defended Chelsea teammate John Terry over his England media rant yesterday.

On Sunday, former captain Terry laid bare a series of grievances and personnel issues which he vowed to raise at a pre-planned team meeting with manager Fabio Capello last night.

Opinion has been mixed about Terry's motives for speaking out, but Lampard said: "I don't think anyone wants to give too much away about what was said.

"I think it's been particularly overdone in terms of a 'crisis meeting'...but I understand what John Terry was saying because he's passionate like that, as a player as a person.

"Every person deals with things differently. Some won't say much and others want to hit things head-on.

"But people want to see a reaction and people have said he (Terry) has said some positive things.

"We'll try to hit things head-on on the training ground."

Lampard added at the press conference at England's World Cup training camp in Rustenburg: "It seems to me the manager and (number two) Franco Baldini have always been very approachable."

Lampard gave his unequivocal backing to Capello, insisting that he wanted him to stay in the job after the World Cup.

He said: "It's always been the same thing with football - you have your up and down moments."

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