Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lamps Aiming to Light Up the Cup; Confidence in England Camp

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lamps Aiming to Light Up the Cup; Confidence in England Camp

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FRANK Lampard has vowed to make his last World Cup one to remember for England and believes the vast experience in the squad could be a crucial factor in their bid for success.

The 31-year-old midfielder begins what's almost certain to be his last World Cup campaign tonight, when England take on Group C opponents USA in Rustenburg (7.30pm).

He is determined to make up for the disappointment of 2006 in Germany when, by his own admission, he failed to fire on all cylinders before England lost in the quarter-finals to Portugal.

But Lampard admits there is a confidence because of the knowledge in the squad acquired in past tournaments.

He said: "The confidence in ourselves is quite similar to four years ago when there was the same kind of build-up pre-Germany.

"A lot of us are maybe more confident in a way because of the experience of having been there.

"I certainly feel better for my years of experience in club football and at international level. …

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