Frank Lampard praises England's display in 2-2 draw with Brazil
Frank Lampard: Impressed by England’s draw with Brazil
Frank Lampard believes they deserve a lot of credit for their performance in their 2-2 draw with Brazil on Sunday night.
England were denied a famous win in the Maracana by Paulinho’s late volley after superb goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Wayne Rooney cancelled out Fred’s opener for the hosts.
Lampard, who captained England, believes they can build on the display to help boost their chances of qualifying for next summer’s World Cup finals.
“We have to take a lot of credit out of that,” Lampard told Sky Sports News. “It is not an easy place to come here when they are desperate to win, they have been taking a bit of stick and all that it was a big game for them and we came here and gave them a great game.”
Lampard also praised both goalscorers Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rooney for the quality of their individual strikes.
“Both of them deserve personal credit for their goals and obviously a little bit of shine taken off that it wasn’t a winning goal, but it doesn’t matter too much.
“Obviously we wanted to win the game, but a lot of credit for the performance. The big games are the ones coming up that we need points in.
Gary Cahill was pleased with his side’s defensive performance after they soaked up a lot of Brazil pressure, especially in the first half.
“Defensively first half coming in at 0-0 when under so much pressure is encouraging and gives us a chance to go on and we could have won the game in the end,” said Cahill.
Cahill’s defensive partner Phil Jagielka admitted the conditions were a little testing, but hopes it was a good practice for next summer’s tournament in Brazil should England qualify.
“It was warm, it wasn’t absolutely roasting, but it was very humid,” noted Jagielka.
“You look at most people’s shirts they were absolutely drenched after ten minutes and you were a little thirsty, but it is a good practice for next season for the tournament hopefully we will have a few good games and hopefully be here in 12 months.