Lamps praises England passion
Frank Lampard says England showed real 'passion' for the first time as Fabio Capello's men advanced to the last 16 of the World Cup
By Razwan Mirza
Last Updated: 23/06/10 8:57pm
Frank Lampard believes that England showed real 'passion' for the first time at the World Cup as Fabio Capello's men disposed of Slovenia 1-0.
The result ensured England advance to the second round of the tournament to avoid an embarrassing group stage exit for the first time since 1958.
Jermain Defoe was the match winner in Port Elizabeth as England finished second in Group C behind the United States.
England's previous draws against the Americans and Algeria were immediately extinguished as Capello's team hung on to claim a vital three points which saw them through.
"We are delighted. It was a game we had to win and we did that with a good performance," admitted Lampard.
"We could have scored more goals and made it more comfortable rather than having a nervy ending.
"But, in terms of the performance, we spoke in the week in terms of playing with a bit more passion and a bit more pace in our game.
"We certainly did that in the first half. That was the difference."
The Chelsea midfielder is sure that England will progress further in the competition if they can maintain the same spirit, passion and intensity.
"We play that way for our clubs. That is why people regard the Premier League as one of the best and fear it when we play at our best.
"If we play with those qualities, then we have got a great chance."
The 32-year-old also hailed the performance of striker Defoe as the Tottenham man grabbed the winning goal by converting James Milner's cross after 22 minutes for his 12th international goal.
"He is a goalscorer and he has done it everywhere he has been and continues to do it.
"It is not easy to come in. He hasn't played much. He played a little against Algeria but not much. When you come in, people expect goalscorers to score instantly," admitted Lampard, who played with Defoe at West Ham.
"It doesn't always happen but he did it because he is very sharp and was in the right place."