Frank Lampard happy to be considered veteran in current England squad

Frank Lampard
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Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard insists that he is enjoying his role as a senior member of the national squad.

Frank Lampard has declared that he is enjoying his role as an elder statesman in the current England squad.

The 34-year-old scored two goals in Friday's qualifier against Moldova, and thinks that he can help younger players such as Tom Cleverley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain reach their potential.

He said: "I'm used to being called a veteran now. I've had that for four years, it is scary. Those things are a little reminder that in football terms you are getting to the other end.

"But I'm enjoying the different role, I enjoy being a bit more older and experienced, and trying to help anyway I can with the young boys.

"I find it very exciting to see the young players coming through like Alex and Tom. I'd much rather that than a stale team with no-one pushing each other."

England continue their qualifying campaign for the 2014 World Cup with a match against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday.

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