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The unscripted drama of a World Cup just wouldn't be complete without the sideshow of a psychic animal making bold predictions about the outcome, and this year, a mystic micro pig from Britain has stepped into the spotlight. Mystic Marcus, a micro pig from a farm in Heage, Derbyshire, has ignored the favourites for the competition now under way in Russia, and plucked for Argentina, Belgium, Nigeria and Uruguay to make the final four. The micro pig, sporting a wizard’s hat and cape, made the prediction by eating four apples with the colourful flags of each of his selected countries attached to a wooden cocktail stick. Marcus has earned a reputation for making correct predictions, according to the BBC, having previously prophesied the result of the 2014 World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis men's finals, the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s shock US election victory in 2016. The piggy prophet’s owner Juliette Stevens, who breeds micro pigs for a living on her 22-acre family-run farm, said there has been huge interest in the animal’s World Cup predictions. The pig predicted Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria and Belgium to progress to the semi-finals Credit: Michael Scott/Mercury Press “I'm now inundated with messages from around the world from people asking me to arrange for Marcus to predict all sorts of things,” she explained. “Lottery numbers, election results, sports results, horse races. Very funny.” Aside from making predictions, Ms Stevens previously said Marcus has a “lovely chilled out personality” and has “produced some lovely piglets”. She added: “I love micro pigs because they are so intelligent and so cute and sweet. In my view they are by far the most amazing pets you could wish to own.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more However, her pet’s predictions haven’t always been accurate, with Marcus wrongly backing Derby County to beat Hull City in the Championship play-off semi-final in 2016, a match the Rams lost 3-0. His prediction for this year’s tournament will also ultimately prove to be incorrect, with his four teams picked unable to all reach the semi-final due to clashes in the quarter-finals, if they all make it that far Marcus joins a long list of animals with reputed psychic powers, including Paul the "octopus oracle", who correctly predicted the results of 12 matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Oracle cat Achilles predicted Russia's opening game World Cup victory Credit: Getty This year, a Russian cat named Achilles correctly predicted the winner of the competition’s first game between the host nation and Saudi Arabia. The feline’s reputation soared last summer when he correctly predicted results correctly in the Confederations Cup.
Psychic pig Mystic Marcus predicts World Cup semi-final line-up
The unscripted drama of a World Cup just wouldn't be complete without the sideshow of a psychic animal making bold predictions about the outcome, and this year, a mystic micro pig from Britain has stepped into the spotlight. Mystic Marcus, a micro pig from a farm in Heage, Derbyshire, has ignored the favourites for the competition now under way in Russia, and plucked for Argentina, Belgium, Nigeria and Uruguay to make the final four. The micro pig, sporting a wizard’s hat and cape, made the prediction by eating four apples with the colourful flags of each of his selected countries attached to a wooden cocktail stick. Marcus has earned a reputation for making correct predictions, according to the BBC, having previously prophesied the result of the 2014 World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis men's finals, the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s shock US election victory in 2016. The piggy prophet’s owner Juliette Stevens, who breeds micro pigs for a living on her 22-acre family-run farm, said there has been huge interest in the animal’s World Cup predictions. The pig predicted Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria and Belgium to progress to the semi-finals Credit: Michael Scott/Mercury Press “I'm now inundated with messages from around the world from people asking me to arrange for Marcus to predict all sorts of things,” she explained. “Lottery numbers, election results, sports results, horse races. Very funny.” Aside from making predictions, Ms Stevens previously said Marcus has a “lovely chilled out personality” and has “produced some lovely piglets”. She added: “I love micro pigs because they are so intelligent and so cute and sweet. In my view they are by far the most amazing pets you could wish to own.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more However, her pet’s predictions haven’t always been accurate, with Marcus wrongly backing Derby County to beat Hull City in the Championship play-off semi-final in 2016, a match the Rams lost 3-0. His prediction for this year’s tournament will also ultimately prove to be incorrect, with his four teams picked unable to all reach the semi-final due to clashes in the quarter-finals, if they all make it that far Marcus joins a long list of animals with reputed psychic powers, including Paul the "octopus oracle", who correctly predicted the results of 12 matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Oracle cat Achilles predicted Russia's opening game World Cup victory Credit: Getty This year, a Russian cat named Achilles correctly predicted the winner of the competition’s first game between the host nation and Saudi Arabia. The feline’s reputation soared last summer when he correctly predicted results correctly in the Confederations Cup.
The unscripted drama of a World Cup just wouldn't be complete without the sideshow of a psychic animal making bold predictions about the outcome, and this year, a mystic micro pig from Britain has stepped into the spotlight. Mystic Marcus, a micro pig from a farm in Heage, Derbyshire, has ignored the favourites for the competition now under way in Russia, and plucked for Argentina, Belgium, Nigeria and Uruguay to make the final four. The micro pig, sporting a wizard’s hat and cape, made the prediction by eating four apples with the colourful flags of each of his selected countries attached to a wooden cocktail stick. Marcus has earned a reputation for making correct predictions, according to the BBC, having previously prophesied the result of the 2014 World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis men's finals, the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s shock US election victory in 2016. The piggy prophet’s owner Juliette Stevens, who breeds micro pigs for a living on her 22-acre family-run farm, said there has been huge interest in the animal’s World Cup predictions. The pig predicted Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria and Belgium to progress to the semi-finals Credit: Michael Scott/Mercury Press “I'm now inundated with messages from around the world from people asking me to arrange for Marcus to predict all sorts of things,” she explained. “Lottery numbers, election results, sports results, horse races. Very funny.” Aside from making predictions, Ms Stevens previously said Marcus has a “lovely chilled out personality” and has “produced some lovely piglets”. She added: “I love micro pigs because they are so intelligent and so cute and sweet. In my view they are by far the most amazing pets you could wish to own.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more However, her pet’s predictions haven’t always been accurate, with Marcus wrongly backing Derby County to beat Hull City in the Championship play-off semi-final in 2016, a match the Rams lost 3-0. His prediction for this year’s tournament will also ultimately prove to be incorrect, with his four teams picked unable to all reach the semi-final due to clashes in the quarter-finals, if they all make it that far Marcus joins a long list of animals with reputed psychic powers, including Paul the "octopus oracle", who correctly predicted the results of 12 matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Oracle cat Achilles predicted Russia's opening game World Cup victory Credit: Getty This year, a Russian cat named Achilles correctly predicted the winner of the competition’s first game between the host nation and Saudi Arabia. The feline’s reputation soared last summer when he correctly predicted results correctly in the Confederations Cup.
Psychic pig Mystic Marcus predicts World Cup semi-final line-up
The unscripted drama of a World Cup just wouldn't be complete without the sideshow of a psychic animal making bold predictions about the outcome, and this year, a mystic micro pig from Britain has stepped into the spotlight. Mystic Marcus, a micro pig from a farm in Heage, Derbyshire, has ignored the favourites for the competition now under way in Russia, and plucked for Argentina, Belgium, Nigeria and Uruguay to make the final four. The micro pig, sporting a wizard’s hat and cape, made the prediction by eating four apples with the colourful flags of each of his selected countries attached to a wooden cocktail stick. Marcus has earned a reputation for making correct predictions, according to the BBC, having previously prophesied the result of the 2014 World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis men's finals, the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s shock US election victory in 2016. The piggy prophet’s owner Juliette Stevens, who breeds micro pigs for a living on her 22-acre family-run farm, said there has been huge interest in the animal’s World Cup predictions. The pig predicted Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria and Belgium to progress to the semi-finals Credit: Michael Scott/Mercury Press “I'm now inundated with messages from around the world from people asking me to arrange for Marcus to predict all sorts of things,” she explained. “Lottery numbers, election results, sports results, horse races. Very funny.” Aside from making predictions, Ms Stevens previously said Marcus has a “lovely chilled out personality” and has “produced some lovely piglets”. She added: “I love micro pigs because they are so intelligent and so cute and sweet. In my view they are by far the most amazing pets you could wish to own.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more However, her pet’s predictions haven’t always been accurate, with Marcus wrongly backing Derby County to beat Hull City in the Championship play-off semi-final in 2016, a match the Rams lost 3-0. His prediction for this year’s tournament will also ultimately prove to be incorrect, with his four teams picked unable to all reach the semi-final due to clashes in the quarter-finals, if they all make it that far Marcus joins a long list of animals with reputed psychic powers, including Paul the "octopus oracle", who correctly predicted the results of 12 matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Oracle cat Achilles predicted Russia's opening game World Cup victory Credit: Getty This year, a Russian cat named Achilles correctly predicted the winner of the competition’s first game between the host nation and Saudi Arabia. The feline’s reputation soared last summer when he correctly predicted results correctly in the Confederations Cup.
The unscripted drama of a World Cup just wouldn't be complete without the sideshow of a psychic animal making bold predictions about the outcome, and this year, a mystic micro pig from Britain has stepped into the spotlight. Mystic Marcus, a micro pig from a farm in Heage, Derbyshire, has ignored the favourites for the competition now under way in Russia, and plucked for Argentina, Belgium, Nigeria and Uruguay to make the final four. The micro pig, sporting a wizard’s hat and cape, made the prediction by eating four apples with the colourful flags of each of his selected countries attached to a wooden cocktail stick. Marcus has earned a reputation for making correct predictions, according to the BBC, having previously prophesied the result of the 2014 World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis men's finals, the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s shock US election victory in 2016. The piggy prophet’s owner Juliette Stevens, who breeds micro pigs for a living on her 22-acre family-run farm, said there has been huge interest in the animal’s World Cup predictions. The pig predicted Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria and Belgium to progress to the semi-finals Credit: Michael Scott/Mercury Press “I'm now inundated with messages from around the world from people asking me to arrange for Marcus to predict all sorts of things,” she explained. “Lottery numbers, election results, sports results, horse races. Very funny.” Aside from making predictions, Ms Stevens previously said Marcus has a “lovely chilled out personality” and has “produced some lovely piglets”. She added: “I love micro pigs because they are so intelligent and so cute and sweet. In my view they are by far the most amazing pets you could wish to own.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more However, her pet’s predictions haven’t always been accurate, with Marcus wrongly backing Derby County to beat Hull City in the Championship play-off semi-final in 2016, a match the Rams lost 3-0. His prediction for this year’s tournament will also ultimately prove to be incorrect, with his four teams picked unable to all reach the semi-final due to clashes in the quarter-finals, if they all make it that far Marcus joins a long list of animals with reputed psychic powers, including Paul the "octopus oracle", who correctly predicted the results of 12 matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Oracle cat Achilles predicted Russia's opening game World Cup victory Credit: Getty This year, a Russian cat named Achilles correctly predicted the winner of the competition’s first game between the host nation and Saudi Arabia. The feline’s reputation soared last summer when he correctly predicted results correctly in the Confederations Cup.
Psychic pig Mystic Marcus predicts World Cup semi-final line-up
The unscripted drama of a World Cup just wouldn't be complete without the sideshow of a psychic animal making bold predictions about the outcome, and this year, a mystic micro pig from Britain has stepped into the spotlight. Mystic Marcus, a micro pig from a farm in Heage, Derbyshire, has ignored the favourites for the competition now under way in Russia, and plucked for Argentina, Belgium, Nigeria and Uruguay to make the final four. The micro pig, sporting a wizard’s hat and cape, made the prediction by eating four apples with the colourful flags of each of his selected countries attached to a wooden cocktail stick. Marcus has earned a reputation for making correct predictions, according to the BBC, having previously prophesied the result of the 2014 World Cup, the Wimbledon tennis men's finals, the Brexit vote and Donald Trump’s shock US election victory in 2016. The piggy prophet’s owner Juliette Stevens, who breeds micro pigs for a living on her 22-acre family-run farm, said there has been huge interest in the animal’s World Cup predictions. The pig predicted Argentina, Uruguay, Nigeria and Belgium to progress to the semi-finals Credit: Michael Scott/Mercury Press “I'm now inundated with messages from around the world from people asking me to arrange for Marcus to predict all sorts of things,” she explained. “Lottery numbers, election results, sports results, horse races. Very funny.” Aside from making predictions, Ms Stevens previously said Marcus has a “lovely chilled out personality” and has “produced some lovely piglets”. She added: “I love micro pigs because they are so intelligent and so cute and sweet. In my view they are by far the most amazing pets you could wish to own.” World Cup 2018 | Fixtures, groups, squads and more However, her pet’s predictions haven’t always been accurate, with Marcus wrongly backing Derby County to beat Hull City in the Championship play-off semi-final in 2016, a match the Rams lost 3-0. His prediction for this year’s tournament will also ultimately prove to be incorrect, with his four teams picked unable to all reach the semi-final due to clashes in the quarter-finals, if they all make it that far Marcus joins a long list of animals with reputed psychic powers, including Paul the "octopus oracle", who correctly predicted the results of 12 matches at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Oracle cat Achilles predicted Russia's opening game World Cup victory Credit: Getty This year, a Russian cat named Achilles correctly predicted the winner of the competition’s first game between the host nation and Saudi Arabia. The feline’s reputation soared last summer when he correctly predicted results correctly in the Confederations Cup.
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
How to watch Portugal vs Spain tomorrow
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
How to watch Portugal vs Spain tomorrow
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
How to watch Portugal vs Spain tomorrow
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
How to watch Portugal vs Spain tomorrow
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
How to watch Portugal vs Spain tomorrow
What is it? Fans will not have to wait long for the first blockbuster match of the World Cup as European champions Portugal take on 2010 World Cup winners Spain on Friday evening in Group B. When is it? The mouth-watering Iberian clash takes place on the second day of the tournament on Friday June 15. The game is the third and final one of the day, with kick off scheduled for 7pm. What TV channel is it on? BBC One will be covering the game live, with build up beginning from 6:20pm. Match of the Day anchor and former World Cup golden boot winner, Gary Lineker will present the BBC's coverage throughout the tournament. Gary Lineker will once again front the BBC's World Cup coverage Credit: BBC World Cup Twitter Lineker will be joined by a stellar cast of pundits including Cesc Fabregas, Didier Drogba, Alan Shearer and Frank Lampard. Lampard will honour his World Cup commitments to the BBC despite agreeing three-year deal to become Derby County's new manager earlier this month. Fabregas, who won the World Cup with Spain in 2010, will make his punditry debut for his country's Group B clash with Portugal. Cesc Fabregas will part of the BBC's punditry team for Portugal vs Spain Credit: FA Getty Images "We are delighted to welcome Cesc as he joins our star-studded team of experts in Russia," said Philip Bernie, head of TV at BBC Sport. "He knows what it takes to lift the biggest prize in the sport, and we are greatly looking forward to the world class football knowledge and insight he will add to our coverage." How can I live stream the match? If you are in the UK but without access to a television, you can watch the whole match live on BBC iPlayer on desktop, mobile or a tablet. All you need to do is make sure you have an iPlayer account and are signed in your relevant device. People trying to watch the match outside the country, without access to a television, will not be able to stream the game live as BBC iPlayer is only available to people inside the United Kingdom. Will there be a highlights show? Gary Neville has joined ITV's coverage of the World Cup Credit: Getty Images Don't worry if you miss the game entirely as ITV 1 will be showing extended highlights of the match at 10:45pm on Friday evening. Along with Portugal vs Spain, the highlights show will feature the Group A game between Egypt and Uruguay, as well as the day's other Group B clash between Morocco and Iran. How have both teams been preparing? Spain's World Cup preparations were dealt a shock blow on Wednesday as their head coach was sacked on the eve of the first game of the tournament. Julen Lopetegui was dismissed a day after Real Madrid announced him as their new manager on a two-year deal. Spanish Football Federation president Luis Rubiales, who was told of Lopetegui's new role five minutes before it was announced, said he had found himself in 'a very difficult situation' when explaining his decision to sack the 51-year-old. "I know there's going to be criticism whatever I do," he said. Fernando Hierro will take charge of the Spain team for the World Cup Credit: Reuters "I'm sure this will, in time, make us stronger. I admire Julen very much, I respect him very much. He seems a top trainer and that makes it harder to make the decision. "You can't do things this way, two or three days before the World Cup. We have been compelled to make this decision." Former Real Madrid and Spain defender Fernando Hierro was named as Lopetegui's successor on Wednesday afternoon.
Of the 211 goals he plundered to become Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, and the 29 he managed in 106 England appearances, it is still the goal that never was that people want to discuss with Frank Lampard. It is the 2010 World Cup, and there are eight minutes remaining of the first half in England's last 16 tie with Germany in Bloemfontein. Fabio Capello's team have clawed their way back into a match that had been running away from them, with Matthew Upson's header reducing the deficit to 2-1, when Lampard brilliantly loops a shot over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The ball bounces off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal-line by at least two feet. Lampard celebrates momentarily before putting his hands to his head as he realises no goal had been awarded. Capello, likewise, cannot resist a fist-pump before looking around him in astonishment as the game continues. Commentating for the BBC, Mark Lawrenson shows himself to be eight years ahead of his time by calling for video technology. “Thanks very much Sepp Blatter," he says, sardonically. "I hope he’s squirming in his seat right now.” Germany went on to win 4-1, but ask Lampard about his World Cup memories and he admits it is this 'goal' that dominates his thoughts. Lampard's shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar and over the line by at least two feet - but the goal wasn't award Credit: Getty Images “Of all the things I’ve done with Chelsea or goals scored for Chelsea or England, the goal I didn’t score is the one I get asked about most,” said Lampard. “Particularly if I travel because it’s the biggest competition in the world – all eyes are on it, globally. I would say that’s my defining memory of all my World Cups, let alone 2010. “I knew straight away it had gone in because it dipped off the bar. I kind of wheeled away and I had a perfect sight of it. It wasn’t like it was a tight decision. I actually saw the daylight of how far it bounced over the line. “Normally with those things you are not quite sure, but I was sure straight away so I couldn’t work it out. Everyone knew and the dressing room was an angry place because it was just before half-time and it would have made it 2-2.” World Cup squad analysis Capello tried to tell his players to forget about the decision at half-time, but there was to be no way back for England. For Lampard, the decision of Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda was the game's decisive moment. “It does get talked down how much that impacted the game,” said Lampard. “People say ‘you would have still lost’ but we wouldn’t have done because we would have come out different in the second half. We were 2-1 down, but at 2-2 we were on the front foot – completely different game. “We came out second half and we were playing pretty well, I think I hit the bar from a free-kick and we had another chance, but as we became more desperate we got counter-attacked and exposed. I can’t say we would have won the game for certain, but it certainly would have had a major impact.” World Cup kits ranked Other than Lampard’s ‘goal’, England’s 2010 World Cup campaign is largely remembered for the way in which Capello sent his players stir-crazy by locking them away in a remote training base in Rustenberg. Wayne Rooney has claimed Capello and his Italian staff upset players by supporting Italy while staying in England’s remote hotel. Lampard cannot remember that, but does admit the set-up was wrong. “It was just difficult, it didn’t feel right," he said. "We were 20-odd young lads, and it’s a long period of time. We were hearing stories of other teams getting more down time like Spain, who were flying, and we found that difficult. Looking back, we would have done it differently. “We were in a hotel for a long time, we had been to Austria twice, then we were very secluded in South Africa. I’m not making excuses, but, with hindsight, the set-up around us wasn’t conducive to success. “Players don’t want to take liberties, they want a decent environment that is the best for them and maybe if more open conversations had taken place going into it, it might have been better. I think at tournaments it’s important to get out, go and see local communities, to go and show some interaction and go and see some local villages. We did feel like we were just completely cocooned.” World Cup whatsapp promo While Gareth Southgate's class of 2018 travel to Russia with one of the youngest squads at the tournament, England in 2010 were a different beast. In addition to Lampard - who turned 32 during the tournament - Capello could call upon senior figures such as Rooney, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard. Yet even this gilded group, with a stack of league and European titles between them, could not cope with having the expectations of a nation placed on them. “As an England squad, we never got to grips with dealing with that pressure,” said Lampard. “It was always difficult to handle and press conferences were hard, very hard. When you are away at a tournament you aren’t trying to keep the peace, but you don’t want to say anything that could be taken negatively. Every press conference we were sort of ducking and diving to keep a positive outlook because you need that. “The only thing I’d do is try to take that fear factor out of it now, even though it’s easy to say. When you get to a tournament it’s very intense, but I’d like to think that with the players we have now, everything will be done for them and I don’t expect any mistakes around the hotels and training. Lampard said England's squad was cocooned during the World Cup Credit: PA “It’s up to them to believe they can do it on that level because you have to have a belief and a freedom to play. We have players who are ready for that step – in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling. That’s the next step now.” Lampard is now embarking on the next phase of his career, having been appointed as the new manager of Derby County last week. He is already busy preparing for the new season - Jody Morris arrived as his assistant on Monday - but will be a keen observer of events in Russia. And despite never being part of a successful England team at a tournament, he disagrees with any suggestion that his international career should be a source of regret. “Obviously, I would have liked to have won the World Cup and that’s an easy thing to say,” he said. “But for all the difficult moments and the World Cups, with England I have a bigger sense of pride for playing so many times – I never thought I’d play 100-odd times. “I didn’t necessarily think I’d go to World Cups and be playing. My best feeling in an England shirt was probably Euro 2004, my first tournament because we had that momentum and I really did feel like we could go and win that. That felt great, but all the other World Cups for me never really started. “But I don’t look back and keeping going over those moments. Instead I think I played over 100 times and that’s the sort of thing my family and I can be proud of – I just wish we had won something.”
Frank Lampard: 'Of all the things I have done, the goal I didn't score against Germany is what I get asked about most'
Of the 211 goals he plundered to become Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, and the 29 he managed in 106 England appearances, it is still the goal that never was that people want to discuss with Frank Lampard. It is the 2010 World Cup, and there are eight minutes remaining of the first half in England's last 16 tie with Germany in Bloemfontein. Fabio Capello's team have clawed their way back into a match that had been running away from them, with Matthew Upson's header reducing the deficit to 2-1, when Lampard brilliantly loops a shot over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The ball bounces off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal-line by at least two feet. Lampard celebrates momentarily before putting his hands to his head as he realises no goal had been awarded. Capello, likewise, cannot resist a fist-pump before looking around him in astonishment as the game continues. Commentating for the BBC, Mark Lawrenson shows himself to be eight years ahead of his time by calling for video technology. “Thanks very much Sepp Blatter," he says, sardonically. "I hope he’s squirming in his seat right now.” Germany went on to win 4-1, but ask Lampard about his World Cup memories and he admits it is this 'goal' that dominates his thoughts. Lampard's shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar and over the line by at least two feet - but the goal wasn't award Credit: Getty Images “Of all the things I’ve done with Chelsea or goals scored for Chelsea or England, the goal I didn’t score is the one I get asked about most,” said Lampard. “Particularly if I travel because it’s the biggest competition in the world – all eyes are on it, globally. I would say that’s my defining memory of all my World Cups, let alone 2010. “I knew straight away it had gone in because it dipped off the bar. I kind of wheeled away and I had a perfect sight of it. It wasn’t like it was a tight decision. I actually saw the daylight of how far it bounced over the line. “Normally with those things you are not quite sure, but I was sure straight away so I couldn’t work it out. Everyone knew and the dressing room was an angry place because it was just before half-time and it would have made it 2-2.” World Cup squad analysis Capello tried to tell his players to forget about the decision at half-time, but there was to be no way back for England. For Lampard, the decision of Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda was the game's decisive moment. “It does get talked down how much that impacted the game,” said Lampard. “People say ‘you would have still lost’ but we wouldn’t have done because we would have come out different in the second half. We were 2-1 down, but at 2-2 we were on the front foot – completely different game. “We came out second half and we were playing pretty well, I think I hit the bar from a free-kick and we had another chance, but as we became more desperate we got counter-attacked and exposed. I can’t say we would have won the game for certain, but it certainly would have had a major impact.” World Cup kits ranked Other than Lampard’s ‘goal’, England’s 2010 World Cup campaign is largely remembered for the way in which Capello sent his players stir-crazy by locking them away in a remote training base in Rustenberg. Wayne Rooney has claimed Capello and his Italian staff upset players by supporting Italy while staying in England’s remote hotel. Lampard cannot remember that, but does admit the set-up was wrong. “It was just difficult, it didn’t feel right," he said. "We were 20-odd young lads, and it’s a long period of time. We were hearing stories of other teams getting more down time like Spain, who were flying, and we found that difficult. Looking back, we would have done it differently. “We were in a hotel for a long time, we had been to Austria twice, then we were very secluded in South Africa. I’m not making excuses, but, with hindsight, the set-up around us wasn’t conducive to success. “Players don’t want to take liberties, they want a decent environment that is the best for them and maybe if more open conversations had taken place going into it, it might have been better. I think at tournaments it’s important to get out, go and see local communities, to go and show some interaction and go and see some local villages. We did feel like we were just completely cocooned.” World Cup whatsapp promo While Gareth Southgate's class of 2018 travel to Russia with one of the youngest squads at the tournament, England in 2010 were a different beast. In addition to Lampard - who turned 32 during the tournament - Capello could call upon senior figures such as Rooney, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard. Yet even this gilded group, with a stack of league and European titles between them, could not cope with having the expectations of a nation placed on them. “As an England squad, we never got to grips with dealing with that pressure,” said Lampard. “It was always difficult to handle and press conferences were hard, very hard. When you are away at a tournament you aren’t trying to keep the peace, but you don’t want to say anything that could be taken negatively. Every press conference we were sort of ducking and diving to keep a positive outlook because you need that. “The only thing I’d do is try to take that fear factor out of it now, even though it’s easy to say. When you get to a tournament it’s very intense, but I’d like to think that with the players we have now, everything will be done for them and I don’t expect any mistakes around the hotels and training. Lampard said England's squad was cocooned during the World Cup Credit: PA “It’s up to them to believe they can do it on that level because you have to have a belief and a freedom to play. We have players who are ready for that step – in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling. That’s the next step now.” Lampard is now embarking on the next phase of his career, having been appointed as the new manager of Derby County last week. He is already busy preparing for the new season - Jody Morris arrived as his assistant on Monday - but will be a keen observer of events in Russia. And despite never being part of a successful England team at a tournament, he disagrees with any suggestion that his international career should be a source of regret. “Obviously, I would have liked to have won the World Cup and that’s an easy thing to say,” he said. “But for all the difficult moments and the World Cups, with England I have a bigger sense of pride for playing so many times – I never thought I’d play 100-odd times. “I didn’t necessarily think I’d go to World Cups and be playing. My best feeling in an England shirt was probably Euro 2004, my first tournament because we had that momentum and I really did feel like we could go and win that. That felt great, but all the other World Cups for me never really started. “But I don’t look back and keeping going over those moments. Instead I think I played over 100 times and that’s the sort of thing my family and I can be proud of – I just wish we had won something.”
Of the 211 goals he plundered to become Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, and the 29 he managed in 106 England appearances, it is still the goal that never was that people want to discuss with Frank Lampard. It is the 2010 World Cup, and there are eight minutes remaining of the first half in England's last 16 tie with Germany in Bloemfontein. Fabio Capello's team have clawed their way back into a match that had been running away from them, with Matthew Upson's header reducing the deficit to 2-1, when Lampard brilliantly loops a shot over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The ball bounces off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal-line by at least two feet. Lampard celebrates momentarily before putting his hands to his head as he realises no goal had been awarded. Capello, likewise, cannot resist a fist-pump before looking around him in astonishment as the game continues. Commentating for the BBC, Mark Lawrenson shows himself to be eight years ahead of his time by calling for video technology. “Thanks very much Sepp Blatter," he says, sardonically. "I hope he’s squirming in his seat right now.” Germany went on to win 4-1, but ask Lampard about his World Cup memories and he admits it is this 'goal' that dominates his thoughts. Lampard's shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar and over the line by at least two feet - but the goal wasn't award Credit: Getty Images “Of all the things I’ve done with Chelsea or goals scored for Chelsea or England, the goal I didn’t score is the one I get asked about most,” said Lampard. “Particularly if I travel because it’s the biggest competition in the world – all eyes are on it, globally. I would say that’s my defining memory of all my World Cups, let alone 2010. “I knew straight away it had gone in because it dipped off the bar. I kind of wheeled away and I had a perfect sight of it. It wasn’t like it was a tight decision. I actually saw the daylight of how far it bounced over the line. “Normally with those things you are not quite sure, but I was sure straight away so I couldn’t work it out. Everyone knew and the dressing room was an angry place because it was just before half-time and it would have made it 2-2.” World Cup squad analysis Capello tried to tell his players to forget about the decision at half-time, but there was to be no way back for England. For Lampard, the decision of Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda was the game's decisive moment. “It does get talked down how much that impacted the game,” said Lampard. “People say ‘you would have still lost’ but we wouldn’t have done because we would have come out different in the second half. We were 2-1 down, but at 2-2 we were on the front foot – completely different game. “We came out second half and we were playing pretty well, I think I hit the bar from a free-kick and we had another chance, but as we became more desperate we got counter-attacked and exposed. I can’t say we would have won the game for certain, but it certainly would have had a major impact.” World Cup kits ranked Other than Lampard’s ‘goal’, England’s 2010 World Cup campaign is largely remembered for the way in which Capello sent his players stir-crazy by locking them away in a remote training base in Rustenberg. Wayne Rooney has claimed Capello and his Italian staff upset players by supporting Italy while staying in England’s remote hotel. Lampard cannot remember that, but does admit the set-up was wrong. “It was just difficult, it didn’t feel right," he said. "We were 20-odd young lads, and it’s a long period of time. We were hearing stories of other teams getting more down time like Spain, who were flying, and we found that difficult. Looking back, we would have done it differently. “We were in a hotel for a long time, we had been to Austria twice, then we were very secluded in South Africa. I’m not making excuses, but, with hindsight, the set-up around us wasn’t conducive to success. “Players don’t want to take liberties, they want a decent environment that is the best for them and maybe if more open conversations had taken place going into it, it might have been better. I think at tournaments it’s important to get out, go and see local communities, to go and show some interaction and go and see some local villages. We did feel like we were just completely cocooned.” World Cup whatsapp promo While Gareth Southgate's class of 2018 travel to Russia with one of the youngest squads at the tournament, England in 2010 were a different beast. In addition to Lampard - who turned 32 during the tournament - Capello could call upon senior figures such as Rooney, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard. Yet even this gilded group, with a stack of league and European titles between them, could not cope with having the expectations of a nation placed on them. “As an England squad, we never got to grips with dealing with that pressure,” said Lampard. “It was always difficult to handle and press conferences were hard, very hard. When you are away at a tournament you aren’t trying to keep the peace, but you don’t want to say anything that could be taken negatively. Every press conference we were sort of ducking and diving to keep a positive outlook because you need that. “The only thing I’d do is try to take that fear factor out of it now, even though it’s easy to say. When you get to a tournament it’s very intense, but I’d like to think that with the players we have now, everything will be done for them and I don’t expect any mistakes around the hotels and training. Lampard said England's squad was cocooned during the World Cup Credit: PA “It’s up to them to believe they can do it on that level because you have to have a belief and a freedom to play. We have players who are ready for that step – in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling. That’s the next step now.” Lampard is now embarking on the next phase of his career, having been appointed as the new manager of Derby County last week. He is already busy preparing for the new season - Jody Morris arrived as his assistant on Monday - but will be a keen observer of events in Russia. And despite never being part of a successful England team at a tournament, he disagrees with any suggestion that his international career should be a source of regret. “Obviously, I would have liked to have won the World Cup and that’s an easy thing to say,” he said. “But for all the difficult moments and the World Cups, with England I have a bigger sense of pride for playing so many times – I never thought I’d play 100-odd times. “I didn’t necessarily think I’d go to World Cups and be playing. My best feeling in an England shirt was probably Euro 2004, my first tournament because we had that momentum and I really did feel like we could go and win that. That felt great, but all the other World Cups for me never really started. “But I don’t look back and keeping going over those moments. Instead I think I played over 100 times and that’s the sort of thing my family and I can be proud of – I just wish we had won something.”
Frank Lampard: 'Of all the things I have done, the goal I didn't score against Germany is what I get asked about most'
Of the 211 goals he plundered to become Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, and the 29 he managed in 106 England appearances, it is still the goal that never was that people want to discuss with Frank Lampard. It is the 2010 World Cup, and there are eight minutes remaining of the first half in England's last 16 tie with Germany in Bloemfontein. Fabio Capello's team have clawed their way back into a match that had been running away from them, with Matthew Upson's header reducing the deficit to 2-1, when Lampard brilliantly loops a shot over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The ball bounces off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal-line by at least two feet. Lampard celebrates momentarily before putting his hands to his head as he realises no goal had been awarded. Capello, likewise, cannot resist a fist-pump before looking around him in astonishment as the game continues. Commentating for the BBC, Mark Lawrenson shows himself to be eight years ahead of his time by calling for video technology. “Thanks very much Sepp Blatter," he says, sardonically. "I hope he’s squirming in his seat right now.” Germany went on to win 4-1, but ask Lampard about his World Cup memories and he admits it is this 'goal' that dominates his thoughts. Lampard's shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar and over the line by at least two feet - but the goal wasn't award Credit: Getty Images “Of all the things I’ve done with Chelsea or goals scored for Chelsea or England, the goal I didn’t score is the one I get asked about most,” said Lampard. “Particularly if I travel because it’s the biggest competition in the world – all eyes are on it, globally. I would say that’s my defining memory of all my World Cups, let alone 2010. “I knew straight away it had gone in because it dipped off the bar. I kind of wheeled away and I had a perfect sight of it. It wasn’t like it was a tight decision. I actually saw the daylight of how far it bounced over the line. “Normally with those things you are not quite sure, but I was sure straight away so I couldn’t work it out. Everyone knew and the dressing room was an angry place because it was just before half-time and it would have made it 2-2.” World Cup squad analysis Capello tried to tell his players to forget about the decision at half-time, but there was to be no way back for England. For Lampard, the decision of Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda was the game's decisive moment. “It does get talked down how much that impacted the game,” said Lampard. “People say ‘you would have still lost’ but we wouldn’t have done because we would have come out different in the second half. We were 2-1 down, but at 2-2 we were on the front foot – completely different game. “We came out second half and we were playing pretty well, I think I hit the bar from a free-kick and we had another chance, but as we became more desperate we got counter-attacked and exposed. I can’t say we would have won the game for certain, but it certainly would have had a major impact.” World Cup kits ranked Other than Lampard’s ‘goal’, England’s 2010 World Cup campaign is largely remembered for the way in which Capello sent his players stir-crazy by locking them away in a remote training base in Rustenberg. Wayne Rooney has claimed Capello and his Italian staff upset players by supporting Italy while staying in England’s remote hotel. Lampard cannot remember that, but does admit the set-up was wrong. “It was just difficult, it didn’t feel right," he said. "We were 20-odd young lads, and it’s a long period of time. We were hearing stories of other teams getting more down time like Spain, who were flying, and we found that difficult. Looking back, we would have done it differently. “We were in a hotel for a long time, we had been to Austria twice, then we were very secluded in South Africa. I’m not making excuses, but, with hindsight, the set-up around us wasn’t conducive to success. “Players don’t want to take liberties, they want a decent environment that is the best for them and maybe if more open conversations had taken place going into it, it might have been better. I think at tournaments it’s important to get out, go and see local communities, to go and show some interaction and go and see some local villages. We did feel like we were just completely cocooned.” World Cup whatsapp promo While Gareth Southgate's class of 2018 travel to Russia with one of the youngest squads at the tournament, England in 2010 were a different beast. In addition to Lampard - who turned 32 during the tournament - Capello could call upon senior figures such as Rooney, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard. Yet even this gilded group, with a stack of league and European titles between them, could not cope with having the expectations of a nation placed on them. “As an England squad, we never got to grips with dealing with that pressure,” said Lampard. “It was always difficult to handle and press conferences were hard, very hard. When you are away at a tournament you aren’t trying to keep the peace, but you don’t want to say anything that could be taken negatively. Every press conference we were sort of ducking and diving to keep a positive outlook because you need that. “The only thing I’d do is try to take that fear factor out of it now, even though it’s easy to say. When you get to a tournament it’s very intense, but I’d like to think that with the players we have now, everything will be done for them and I don’t expect any mistakes around the hotels and training. Lampard said England's squad was cocooned during the World Cup Credit: PA “It’s up to them to believe they can do it on that level because you have to have a belief and a freedom to play. We have players who are ready for that step – in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling. That’s the next step now.” Lampard is now embarking on the next phase of his career, having been appointed as the new manager of Derby County last week. He is already busy preparing for the new season - Jody Morris arrived as his assistant on Monday - but will be a keen observer of events in Russia. And despite never being part of a successful England team at a tournament, he disagrees with any suggestion that his international career should be a source of regret. “Obviously, I would have liked to have won the World Cup and that’s an easy thing to say,” he said. “But for all the difficult moments and the World Cups, with England I have a bigger sense of pride for playing so many times – I never thought I’d play 100-odd times. “I didn’t necessarily think I’d go to World Cups and be playing. My best feeling in an England shirt was probably Euro 2004, my first tournament because we had that momentum and I really did feel like we could go and win that. That felt great, but all the other World Cups for me never really started. “But I don’t look back and keeping going over those moments. Instead I think I played over 100 times and that’s the sort of thing my family and I can be proud of – I just wish we had won something.”
Of the 211 goals he plundered to become Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, and the 29 he managed in 106 England appearances, it is still the goal that never was that people want to discuss with Frank Lampard. It is the 2010 World Cup, and there are eight minutes remaining of the first half in England's last 16 tie with Germany in Bloemfontein. Fabio Capello's team have clawed their way back into a match that had been running away from them, with Matthew Upson's header reducing the deficit to 2-1, when Lampard brilliantly loops a shot over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The ball bounces off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal-line by at least two feet. Lampard celebrates momentarily before putting his hands to his head as he realises no goal had been awarded. Capello, likewise, cannot resist a fist-pump before looking around him in astonishment as the game continues. Commentating for the BBC, Mark Lawrenson shows himself to be eight years ahead of his time by calling for video technology. “Thanks very much Sepp Blatter," he says, sardonically. "I hope he’s squirming in his seat right now.” Germany went on to win 4-1, but ask Lampard about his World Cup memories and he admits it is this 'goal' that dominates his thoughts. Lampard's shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar and over the line by at least two feet - but the goal wasn't award Credit: Getty Images “Of all the things I’ve done with Chelsea or goals scored for Chelsea or England, the goal I didn’t score is the one I get asked about most,” said Lampard. “Particularly if I travel because it’s the biggest competition in the world – all eyes are on it, globally. I would say that’s my defining memory of all my World Cups, let alone 2010. “I knew straight away it had gone in because it dipped off the bar. I kind of wheeled away and I had a perfect sight of it. It wasn’t like it was a tight decision. I actually saw the daylight of how far it bounced over the line. “Normally with those things you are not quite sure, but I was sure straight away so I couldn’t work it out. Everyone knew and the dressing room was an angry place because it was just before half-time and it would have made it 2-2.” World Cup squad analysis Capello tried to tell his players to forget about the decision at half-time, but there was to be no way back for England. For Lampard, the decision of Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda was the game's decisive moment. “It does get talked down how much that impacted the game,” said Lampard. “People say ‘you would have still lost’ but we wouldn’t have done because we would have come out different in the second half. We were 2-1 down, but at 2-2 we were on the front foot – completely different game. “We came out second half and we were playing pretty well, I think I hit the bar from a free-kick and we had another chance, but as we became more desperate we got counter-attacked and exposed. I can’t say we would have won the game for certain, but it certainly would have had a major impact.” World Cup kits ranked Other than Lampard’s ‘goal’, England’s 2010 World Cup campaign is largely remembered for the way in which Capello sent his players stir-crazy by locking them away in a remote training base in Rustenberg. Wayne Rooney has claimed Capello and his Italian staff upset players by supporting Italy while staying in England’s remote hotel. Lampard cannot remember that, but does admit the set-up was wrong. “It was just difficult, it didn’t feel right," he said. "We were 20-odd young lads, and it’s a long period of time. We were hearing stories of other teams getting more down time like Spain, who were flying, and we found that difficult. Looking back, we would have done it differently. “We were in a hotel for a long time, we had been to Austria twice, then we were very secluded in South Africa. I’m not making excuses, but, with hindsight, the set-up around us wasn’t conducive to success. “Players don’t want to take liberties, they want a decent environment that is the best for them and maybe if more open conversations had taken place going into it, it might have been better. I think at tournaments it’s important to get out, go and see local communities, to go and show some interaction and go and see some local villages. We did feel like we were just completely cocooned.” World Cup whatsapp promo While Gareth Southgate's class of 2018 travel to Russia with one of the youngest squads at the tournament, England in 2010 were a different beast. In addition to Lampard - who turned 32 during the tournament - Capello could call upon senior figures such as Rooney, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard. Yet even this gilded group, with a stack of league and European titles between them, could not cope with having the expectations of a nation placed on them. “As an England squad, we never got to grips with dealing with that pressure,” said Lampard. “It was always difficult to handle and press conferences were hard, very hard. When you are away at a tournament you aren’t trying to keep the peace, but you don’t want to say anything that could be taken negatively. Every press conference we were sort of ducking and diving to keep a positive outlook because you need that. “The only thing I’d do is try to take that fear factor out of it now, even though it’s easy to say. When you get to a tournament it’s very intense, but I’d like to think that with the players we have now, everything will be done for them and I don’t expect any mistakes around the hotels and training. Lampard said England's squad was cocooned during the World Cup Credit: PA “It’s up to them to believe they can do it on that level because you have to have a belief and a freedom to play. We have players who are ready for that step – in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling. That’s the next step now.” Lampard is now embarking on the next phase of his career, having been appointed as the new manager of Derby County last week. He is already busy preparing for the new season - Jody Morris arrived as his assistant on Monday - but will be a keen observer of events in Russia. And despite never being part of a successful England team at a tournament, he disagrees with any suggestion that his international career should be a source of regret. “Obviously, I would have liked to have won the World Cup and that’s an easy thing to say,” he said. “But for all the difficult moments and the World Cups, with England I have a bigger sense of pride for playing so many times – I never thought I’d play 100-odd times. “I didn’t necessarily think I’d go to World Cups and be playing. My best feeling in an England shirt was probably Euro 2004, my first tournament because we had that momentum and I really did feel like we could go and win that. That felt great, but all the other World Cups for me never really started. “But I don’t look back and keeping going over those moments. Instead I think I played over 100 times and that’s the sort of thing my family and I can be proud of – I just wish we had won something.”
Frank Lampard: 'Of all the things I have done, the goal I didn't score against Germany is what I get asked about most'
Of the 211 goals he plundered to become Chelsea’s all-time leading scorer, and the 29 he managed in 106 England appearances, it is still the goal that never was that people want to discuss with Frank Lampard. It is the 2010 World Cup, and there are eight minutes remaining of the first half in England's last 16 tie with Germany in Bloemfontein. Fabio Capello's team have clawed their way back into a match that had been running away from them, with Matthew Upson's header reducing the deficit to 2-1, when Lampard brilliantly loops a shot over goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. The ball bounces off the underside of the crossbar and over the goal-line by at least two feet. Lampard celebrates momentarily before putting his hands to his head as he realises no goal had been awarded. Capello, likewise, cannot resist a fist-pump before looking around him in astonishment as the game continues. Commentating for the BBC, Mark Lawrenson shows himself to be eight years ahead of his time by calling for video technology. “Thanks very much Sepp Blatter," he says, sardonically. "I hope he’s squirming in his seat right now.” Germany went on to win 4-1, but ask Lampard about his World Cup memories and he admits it is this 'goal' that dominates his thoughts. Lampard's shot bounced off the underside of the crossbar and over the line by at least two feet - but the goal wasn't award Credit: Getty Images “Of all the things I’ve done with Chelsea or goals scored for Chelsea or England, the goal I didn’t score is the one I get asked about most,” said Lampard. “Particularly if I travel because it’s the biggest competition in the world – all eyes are on it, globally. I would say that’s my defining memory of all my World Cups, let alone 2010. “I knew straight away it had gone in because it dipped off the bar. I kind of wheeled away and I had a perfect sight of it. It wasn’t like it was a tight decision. I actually saw the daylight of how far it bounced over the line. “Normally with those things you are not quite sure, but I was sure straight away so I couldn’t work it out. Everyone knew and the dressing room was an angry place because it was just before half-time and it would have made it 2-2.” World Cup squad analysis Capello tried to tell his players to forget about the decision at half-time, but there was to be no way back for England. For Lampard, the decision of Uruguayan referee Jorge Larrionda was the game's decisive moment. “It does get talked down how much that impacted the game,” said Lampard. “People say ‘you would have still lost’ but we wouldn’t have done because we would have come out different in the second half. We were 2-1 down, but at 2-2 we were on the front foot – completely different game. “We came out second half and we were playing pretty well, I think I hit the bar from a free-kick and we had another chance, but as we became more desperate we got counter-attacked and exposed. I can’t say we would have won the game for certain, but it certainly would have had a major impact.” World Cup kits ranked Other than Lampard’s ‘goal’, England’s 2010 World Cup campaign is largely remembered for the way in which Capello sent his players stir-crazy by locking them away in a remote training base in Rustenberg. Wayne Rooney has claimed Capello and his Italian staff upset players by supporting Italy while staying in England’s remote hotel. Lampard cannot remember that, but does admit the set-up was wrong. “It was just difficult, it didn’t feel right," he said. "We were 20-odd young lads, and it’s a long period of time. We were hearing stories of other teams getting more down time like Spain, who were flying, and we found that difficult. Looking back, we would have done it differently. “We were in a hotel for a long time, we had been to Austria twice, then we were very secluded in South Africa. I’m not making excuses, but, with hindsight, the set-up around us wasn’t conducive to success. “Players don’t want to take liberties, they want a decent environment that is the best for them and maybe if more open conversations had taken place going into it, it might have been better. I think at tournaments it’s important to get out, go and see local communities, to go and show some interaction and go and see some local villages. We did feel like we were just completely cocooned.” World Cup whatsapp promo While Gareth Southgate's class of 2018 travel to Russia with one of the youngest squads at the tournament, England in 2010 were a different beast. In addition to Lampard - who turned 32 during the tournament - Capello could call upon senior figures such as Rooney, John Terry, Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard. Yet even this gilded group, with a stack of league and European titles between them, could not cope with having the expectations of a nation placed on them. “As an England squad, we never got to grips with dealing with that pressure,” said Lampard. “It was always difficult to handle and press conferences were hard, very hard. When you are away at a tournament you aren’t trying to keep the peace, but you don’t want to say anything that could be taken negatively. Every press conference we were sort of ducking and diving to keep a positive outlook because you need that. “The only thing I’d do is try to take that fear factor out of it now, even though it’s easy to say. When you get to a tournament it’s very intense, but I’d like to think that with the players we have now, everything will be done for them and I don’t expect any mistakes around the hotels and training. Lampard said England's squad was cocooned during the World Cup Credit: PA “It’s up to them to believe they can do it on that level because you have to have a belief and a freedom to play. We have players who are ready for that step – in Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling. That’s the next step now.” Lampard is now embarking on the next phase of his career, having been appointed as the new manager of Derby County last week. He is already busy preparing for the new season - Jody Morris arrived as his assistant on Monday - but will be a keen observer of events in Russia. And despite never being part of a successful England team at a tournament, he disagrees with any suggestion that his international career should be a source of regret. “Obviously, I would have liked to have won the World Cup and that’s an easy thing to say,” he said. “But for all the difficult moments and the World Cups, with England I have a bigger sense of pride for playing so many times – I never thought I’d play 100-odd times. “I didn’t necessarily think I’d go to World Cups and be playing. My best feeling in an England shirt was probably Euro 2004, my first tournament because we had that momentum and I really did feel like we could go and win that. That felt great, but all the other World Cups for me never really started. “But I don’t look back and keeping going over those moments. Instead I think I played over 100 times and that’s the sort of thing my family and I can be proud of – I just wish we had won something.”
Frank Lampard at the press conference at which he was announced as Derby County’s new manager.
Lampard in, Zidane out: welcome to the madhouse, Frank
Frank Lampard at the press conference at which he was announced as Derby County’s new manager.
Amid rumours that Lampard's former Blues team-mate could join him on his first management venture, the new Derby boss says no contact has been made
No talks for Terry to join Lampard at Derby County
Amid rumours that Lampard's former Blues team-mate could join him on his first management venture, the new Derby boss says no contact has been made
John Terry has been tipped to join Derby County but new manager Frank Lampard says no such discussions have been held.
No talks for Terry to join Lampard at Derby County
John Terry has been tipped to join Derby County but new manager Frank Lampard says no such discussions have been held.
The former England icon has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Rams, tying him to Pride Park until 2021
Frank Lampard announced as new Derby County boss
The former England icon has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Rams, tying him to Pride Park until 2021
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
Frank Lampard refuses to rule out signing old Chelsea team-mate John Terry for Derby County
On Thursday, the former Chelsea and England captain was confirmed as the Rams' new manager, in a deal that runs through till 2021
Didier Drogba congratulates Frank Lampard after Derby County appointment
On Thursday, the former Chelsea and England captain was confirmed as the Rams' new manager, in a deal that runs through till 2021
New Derby County manager Frank Lampard and owner Melvyn Morris (right).
Frank Lampard says he spoke to ‘other clubs’ before becoming Derby manager
New Derby County manager Frank Lampard and owner Melvyn Morris (right).
Newly-appointed Derby County manager Frank Lampard says Zinedine Zidane's Champions League success warrants a break from football.
Zidane deserves a holiday! - Lampard hails departing Real manager
Newly-appointed Derby County manager Frank Lampard says Zinedine Zidane's Champions League success warrants a break from football.
Newly-appointed Derby County manager Frank Lampard says Zinedine Zidane's Champions League success warrants a break from football.
Zidane deserves a holiday! - Lampard hails departing Real manager
Newly-appointed Derby County manager Frank Lampard says Zinedine Zidane's Champions League success warrants a break from football.
Newly-appointed Derby County manager Frank Lampard says Zinedine Zidane's Champions League success warrants a break from football.
Zidane deserves a holiday! - Lampard hails departing Real manager
Newly-appointed Derby County manager Frank Lampard says Zinedine Zidane's Champions League success warrants a break from football.
Exclusive: Frank Lampard insists taking over at Derby County 'not a risk'... and he's not thinking about Chelsea job yet
Exclusive: Frank Lampard insists taking over at Derby County 'not a risk'... and he's not thinking about Chelsea job yet
Exclusive: Frank Lampard insists taking over at Derby County 'not a risk'... and he's not thinking about Chelsea job yet
Frank Lampard has insisted he has not taken a risk by stepping into management at Championship club Derby County. And Lampard is adamant that he is not even thinking about the possibility of one day managing Chelsea, having been appointed by Derby on a three-year contract. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard has not held an official coaching role at any level since retiring from playing in February last year, but believes Derby represents the perfect start in management for him. “I don’t see it as a risk, I see it as an opportunity to be a success,” said 39-year-old Lampard, who has his Uefa A Licence and will start work on his Pro badge in the autumn. “I’ve had a nice 18 months where I’ve worked on coaching, in the media and had some free time, which I hadn’t had for 20 years, and now I’m ready to get to work. “I was working hard towards this and I didn’t know what the right time was, but Derby are the right club and it’s flattering for me really to come to a club the size of Derby and the history of Derby. “I know all about Derby from growing up and my dad’s era and the great teams and the fan-base. So as an opportunity from that front, it was massively attractive to me. I feel like I’m ready to take it on. I know the pitfalls, but I’m more interested in myself to give it the best go I can and when you do that you can be happy with yourself.” Lampard is a Ram. �� #WelcomeFrankpic.twitter.com/7q6nbiV09V— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 31, 2018 Asked whether Derby represents the first step on an intended route back to Chelsea, Lampard added: “I’m certainly a long, long way from that and that isn’t my only path. “Everybody knows how big Chelsea have been in my playing life, but this is a completely new start for me and I’m not relying on any past emotions or past links at this point. “My complete focus is on Derby and trying to be a success here. It would be very naive of me to think any further than that and I’m actually not.” Lampard has also revealed that he had no interest in starting out as an assistant to a big-name manager. “What I didn’t want to do is be a No 2,” he said. “Of course it can be a great role, but I didn’t necessarily want to shadow someone. You can pick up bits working that capacity, but at the same time you only get tested when it’s yourself in the hot seat and I’m talking about man management, on the training ground and trying to be a success. “I’m driven by that stuff and I played at the cutting edge for a long time, so it felt natural for myself to test myself and go in as a No 1 at whatever level. I want to step up to the test.” Lampard won Premier League titles and the Champions League at Chelsea, but has not been involved in football outside the top flight since going on loan to Swansea City in the old Second Division in 1995. “I don’t see the necessity to have played in the Championship to manage in the Championship,” said Lampard. “I’m very aware of it and I’ve watched a lot of games in the Championship – I’ve played with players that I’m going to be working with in Scott Carson and Tom Huddlestone. Frank Lampard signs a three-year deal at Derby County Credit: Derby County “So it’s not like I’m going anywhere completely out of my comfort zone at all. And all the work starts here, really. I’ll have a team around me and we will start looking at every team we are coming up against and concentrating on what we want to do and how we want to improve. It’s just more the positive side of what a great opportunity this is for me. “I am a football person and the Championship is one of the best leagues to watch in the world, so I’ve been watching it for a while. I was under no illusions I was going to walk into a job at the top end of the Premier League and say ‘here I am’. I was very prepared to take on what might be, hence why I’m so flattered a club the size of Derby County have put their trust in me so I can only try to repay that with hard work and doing the job.” Derby lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to Fulham this season and Lampard has immediately targeted another top-six finish with his new club. “With the size of the club and the quality of the squad, and how close they were, getting to the play-offs, you have to say we are looking to go there again,” said Lampard. “I have set my aims to try to get there, even though it’s a difficult league and we are under no illusions. “There is some change and evolving of the club that is going to happen in terms of the size of the squad, the youth we will try to get in, whether from within or from outside. Those are conversations that will start straight away. But whatever we do it will be done with the aim of trying to get promotion.”
Exclusive: Frank Lampard insists taking over at Derby County 'not a risk'... and he's not thinking about Chelsea job yet
Frank Lampard has insisted he has not taken a risk by stepping into management at Championship club Derby County. And Lampard is adamant that he is not even thinking about the possibility of one day managing Chelsea, having been appointed by Derby on a three-year contract. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard has not held an official coaching role at any level since retiring from playing in February last year, but believes Derby represents the perfect start in management for him. “I don’t see it as a risk, I see it as an opportunity to be a success,” said 39-year-old Lampard, who has his Uefa A Licence and will start work on his Pro badge in the autumn. “I’ve had a nice 18 months where I’ve worked on coaching, in the media and had some free time, which I hadn’t had for 20 years, and now I’m ready to get to work. “I was working hard towards this and I didn’t know what the right time was, but Derby are the right club and it’s flattering for me really to come to a club the size of Derby and the history of Derby. “I know all about Derby from growing up and my dad’s era and the great teams and the fan-base. So as an opportunity from that front, it was massively attractive to me. I feel like I’m ready to take it on. I know the pitfalls, but I’m more interested in myself to give it the best go I can and when you do that you can be happy with yourself.” Lampard is a Ram. �� #WelcomeFrankpic.twitter.com/7q6nbiV09V— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 31, 2018 Asked whether Derby represents the first step on an intended route back to Chelsea, Lampard added: “I’m certainly a long, long way from that and that isn’t my only path. “Everybody knows how big Chelsea have been in my playing life, but this is a completely new start for me and I’m not relying on any past emotions or past links at this point. “My complete focus is on Derby and trying to be a success here. It would be very naive of me to think any further than that and I’m actually not.” Lampard has also revealed that he had no interest in starting out as an assistant to a big-name manager. “What I didn’t want to do is be a No 2,” he said. “Of course it can be a great role, but I didn’t necessarily want to shadow someone. You can pick up bits working that capacity, but at the same time you only get tested when it’s yourself in the hot seat and I’m talking about man management, on the training ground and trying to be a success. “I’m driven by that stuff and I played at the cutting edge for a long time, so it felt natural for myself to test myself and go in as a No 1 at whatever level. I want to step up to the test.” Lampard won Premier League titles and the Champions League at Chelsea, but has not been involved in football outside the top flight since going on loan to Swansea City in the old Second Division in 1995. “I don’t see the necessity to have played in the Championship to manage in the Championship,” said Lampard. “I’m very aware of it and I’ve watched a lot of games in the Championship – I’ve played with players that I’m going to be working with in Scott Carson and Tom Huddlestone. Frank Lampard signs a three-year deal at Derby County Credit: Derby County “So it’s not like I’m going anywhere completely out of my comfort zone at all. And all the work starts here, really. I’ll have a team around me and we will start looking at every team we are coming up against and concentrating on what we want to do and how we want to improve. It’s just more the positive side of what a great opportunity this is for me. “I am a football person and the Championship is one of the best leagues to watch in the world, so I’ve been watching it for a while. I was under no illusions I was going to walk into a job at the top end of the Premier League and say ‘here I am’. I was very prepared to take on what might be, hence why I’m so flattered a club the size of Derby County have put their trust in me so I can only try to repay that with hard work and doing the job.” Derby lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to Fulham this season and Lampard has immediately targeted another top-six finish with his new club. “With the size of the club and the quality of the squad, and how close they were, getting to the play-offs, you have to say we are looking to go there again,” said Lampard. “I have set my aims to try to get there, even though it’s a difficult league and we are under no illusions. “There is some change and evolving of the club that is going to happen in terms of the size of the squad, the youth we will try to get in, whether from within or from outside. Those are conversations that will start straight away. But whatever we do it will be done with the aim of trying to get promotion.”
Frank Lampard has insisted he has not taken a risk by stepping into management at Championship club Derby County. And Lampard is adamant that he is not even thinking about the possibility of one day managing Chelsea, having been appointed by Derby on a three-year contract. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard has not held an official coaching role at any level since retiring from playing in February last year, but believes Derby represents the perfect start in management for him. “I don’t see it as a risk, I see it as an opportunity to be a success,” said 39-year-old Lampard, who has his Uefa A Licence and will start work on his Pro badge in the autumn. “I’ve had a nice 18 months where I’ve worked on coaching, in the media and had some free time, which I hadn’t had for 20 years, and now I’m ready to get to work. “I was working hard towards this and I didn’t know what the right time was, but Derby are the right club and it’s flattering for me really to come to a club the size of Derby and the history of Derby. “I know all about Derby from growing up and my dad’s era and the great teams and the fan-base. So as an opportunity from that front, it was massively attractive to me. I feel like I’m ready to take it on. I know the pitfalls, but I’m more interested in myself to give it the best go I can and when you do that you can be happy with yourself.” Lampard is a Ram. �� #WelcomeFrankpic.twitter.com/7q6nbiV09V— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 31, 2018 Asked whether Derby represents the first step on an intended route back to Chelsea, Lampard added: “I’m certainly a long, long way from that and that isn’t my only path. “Everybody knows how big Chelsea have been in my playing life, but this is a completely new start for me and I’m not relying on any past emotions or past links at this point. “My complete focus is on Derby and trying to be a success here. It would be very naive of me to think any further than that and I’m actually not.” Lampard has also revealed that he had no interest in starting out as an assistant to a big-name manager. “What I didn’t want to do is be a No 2,” he said. “Of course it can be a great role, but I didn’t necessarily want to shadow someone. You can pick up bits working that capacity, but at the same time you only get tested when it’s yourself in the hot seat and I’m talking about man management, on the training ground and trying to be a success. “I’m driven by that stuff and I played at the cutting edge for a long time, so it felt natural for myself to test myself and go in as a No 1 at whatever level. I want to step up to the test.” Lampard won Premier League titles and the Champions League at Chelsea, but has not been involved in football outside the top flight since going on loan to Swansea City in the old Second Division in 1995. “I don’t see the necessity to have played in the Championship to manage in the Championship,” said Lampard. “I’m very aware of it and I’ve watched a lot of games in the Championship – I’ve played with players that I’m going to be working with in Scott Carson and Tom Huddlestone. Frank Lampard signs a three-year deal at Derby County Credit: Derby County “So it’s not like I’m going anywhere completely out of my comfort zone at all. And all the work starts here, really. I’ll have a team around me and we will start looking at every team we are coming up against and concentrating on what we want to do and how we want to improve. It’s just more the positive side of what a great opportunity this is for me. “I am a football person and the Championship is one of the best leagues to watch in the world, so I’ve been watching it for a while. I was under no illusions I was going to walk into a job at the top end of the Premier League and say ‘here I am’. I was very prepared to take on what might be, hence why I’m so flattered a club the size of Derby County have put their trust in me so I can only try to repay that with hard work and doing the job.” Derby lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to Fulham this season and Lampard has immediately targeted another top-six finish with his new club. “With the size of the club and the quality of the squad, and how close they were, getting to the play-offs, you have to say we are looking to go there again,” said Lampard. “I have set my aims to try to get there, even though it’s a difficult league and we are under no illusions. “There is some change and evolving of the club that is going to happen in terms of the size of the squad, the youth we will try to get in, whether from within or from outside. Those are conversations that will start straight away. But whatever we do it will be done with the aim of trying to get promotion.”
Exclusive: Frank Lampard insists taking over at Derby County 'not a risk'... and he's not thinking about Chelsea job yet
Frank Lampard has insisted he has not taken a risk by stepping into management at Championship club Derby County. And Lampard is adamant that he is not even thinking about the possibility of one day managing Chelsea, having been appointed by Derby on a three-year contract. Former Chelsea midfielder Lampard has not held an official coaching role at any level since retiring from playing in February last year, but believes Derby represents the perfect start in management for him. “I don’t see it as a risk, I see it as an opportunity to be a success,” said 39-year-old Lampard, who has his Uefa A Licence and will start work on his Pro badge in the autumn. “I’ve had a nice 18 months where I’ve worked on coaching, in the media and had some free time, which I hadn’t had for 20 years, and now I’m ready to get to work. “I was working hard towards this and I didn’t know what the right time was, but Derby are the right club and it’s flattering for me really to come to a club the size of Derby and the history of Derby. “I know all about Derby from growing up and my dad’s era and the great teams and the fan-base. So as an opportunity from that front, it was massively attractive to me. I feel like I’m ready to take it on. I know the pitfalls, but I’m more interested in myself to give it the best go I can and when you do that you can be happy with yourself.” Lampard is a Ram. �� #WelcomeFrankpic.twitter.com/7q6nbiV09V— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) May 31, 2018 Asked whether Derby represents the first step on an intended route back to Chelsea, Lampard added: “I’m certainly a long, long way from that and that isn’t my only path. “Everybody knows how big Chelsea have been in my playing life, but this is a completely new start for me and I’m not relying on any past emotions or past links at this point. “My complete focus is on Derby and trying to be a success here. It would be very naive of me to think any further than that and I’m actually not.” Lampard has also revealed that he had no interest in starting out as an assistant to a big-name manager. “What I didn’t want to do is be a No 2,” he said. “Of course it can be a great role, but I didn’t necessarily want to shadow someone. You can pick up bits working that capacity, but at the same time you only get tested when it’s yourself in the hot seat and I’m talking about man management, on the training ground and trying to be a success. “I’m driven by that stuff and I played at the cutting edge for a long time, so it felt natural for myself to test myself and go in as a No 1 at whatever level. I want to step up to the test.” Lampard won Premier League titles and the Champions League at Chelsea, but has not been involved in football outside the top flight since going on loan to Swansea City in the old Second Division in 1995. “I don’t see the necessity to have played in the Championship to manage in the Championship,” said Lampard. “I’m very aware of it and I’ve watched a lot of games in the Championship – I’ve played with players that I’m going to be working with in Scott Carson and Tom Huddlestone. Frank Lampard signs a three-year deal at Derby County Credit: Derby County “So it’s not like I’m going anywhere completely out of my comfort zone at all. And all the work starts here, really. I’ll have a team around me and we will start looking at every team we are coming up against and concentrating on what we want to do and how we want to improve. It’s just more the positive side of what a great opportunity this is for me. “I am a football person and the Championship is one of the best leagues to watch in the world, so I’ve been watching it for a while. I was under no illusions I was going to walk into a job at the top end of the Premier League and say ‘here I am’. I was very prepared to take on what might be, hence why I’m so flattered a club the size of Derby County have put their trust in me so I can only try to repay that with hard work and doing the job.” Derby lost in the semi-finals of the play-offs to Fulham this season and Lampard has immediately targeted another top-six finish with his new club. “With the size of the club and the quality of the squad, and how close they were, getting to the play-offs, you have to say we are looking to go there again,” said Lampard. “I have set my aims to try to get there, even though it’s a difficult league and we are under no illusions. “There is some change and evolving of the club that is going to happen in terms of the size of the squad, the youth we will try to get in, whether from within or from outside. Those are conversations that will start straight away. But whatever we do it will be done with the aim of trying to get promotion.”
Exclusive: Frank Lampard insists taking over at Derby County 'not a risk'... and he's not thinking about Chelsea job yet
Exclusive: Frank Lampard insists taking over at Derby County 'not a risk'... and he's not thinking about Chelsea job yet
Exclusive: Frank Lampard insists taking over at Derby County 'not a risk'... and he's not thinking about Chelsea job yet
Frank Lampard confident of Derby County success in first role as manager
Frank Lampard confident of Derby County success in first role as manager
Frank Lampard confident of Derby County success in first role as manager
Frank Lampard confident of Derby County success in first role as manager
Frank Lampard confident of Derby County success in first role as manager
Frank Lampard confident of Derby County success in first role as manager
Derby County have annouced former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager, handing him his first coaching role since he retired in February 2017.
Derby County reveal Frank Lampard as manager
Derby County have annouced former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager, handing him his first coaching role since he retired in February 2017.
Derby County have annouced former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager, handing him his first coaching role since he retired in February 2017.
Derby County reveal Frank Lampard as manager
Derby County have annouced former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager, handing him his first coaching role since he retired in February 2017.
Derby County have annouced former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager, handing him his first coaching role since he retired in February 2017.
Derby County reveal Frank Lampard as manager
Derby County have annouced former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as their new manager, handing him his first coaching role since he retired in February 2017.
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County appoint Frank Lampard as manager on three-year contract
Derby County have found their successor to Gary Rowett, having appointed former England and Chelsea star Frank Lampard as manager.
Chelsea great Lampard named Derby County manager
Derby County have found their successor to Gary Rowett, having appointed former England and Chelsea star Frank Lampard as manager.
A profile on the new Derby County manager, Frank Lampard.
Frank Lampard - manager profile
A profile on the new Derby County manager, Frank Lampard.
A profile on the new Derby County manager, Frank Lampard.
Frank Lampard - manager profile
A profile on the new Derby County manager, Frank Lampard.
A profile on the new Derby County manager, Frank Lampard.
Frank Lampard - manager profile
A profile on the new Derby County manager, Frank Lampard.
The former England icon has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Rams, tying him to Pride Park until 2021
Frank Lampard announced as new Derby County boss
The former England icon has put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Rams, tying him to Pride Park until 2021
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager
Championship: Frank Lampard named Derby County manager

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