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    Frank Lampard speaks about England pressure and media ‘war-zone’


    Press pressure

    Former England midfielder Frank Lampard has made it clear the media pressure surrounding England and their chances in international tournaments is ridiculous.

    He noted that the ‘war zone’ of having to speak with the press after a game can be as hard as being on the field – and hinted that it’s hardly helpful or productive when it comes to the players and their chances of doing well – something many people have spoken about this summer ahead of the World Cup.

    Standard Sport report he said:  “I felt sorry for the lads against Iceland, [exiting Euro 2016 after 2-1 defeat] they would already thinking about the Daily Mail Online going ‘oh dear’,”

    “It was like going into a war zone. That was as hard as the game.”

    LEEDS, ENGLAND – JUNE 07: Danny Rose of England during the International friendly match between England and Costa Rica at Elland Road on June 7, 2018 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

    New ethos

    Of course, the mood in the camp at the minute is thought to be very good, with Gareth Southgate getting a lot of praise for the way he’s dealing with the players and the expectations surrounding the World Cup.

    It seems the squad are getting on well, and feel comfortable not only in their football on the field, with Southgate telling them to go out and enjoy themselves with no fear, but also in the fact that they can speak about wider issues as well.

    Danny Rose has opened up about his depression issues and spoken about how much England and Gareth Southgate have helped him, and that’s certainly something that players in past squads have seemed unable to do.

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