Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Oldies Still Goodies for Hodgson ; Lampard Sends out a Message to New Breed England Get World Cup Campaign off to a Flier

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Oldies Still Goodies for Hodgson ; Lampard Sends out a Message to New Breed England Get World Cup Campaign off to a Flier

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MOLDOVA 0 ENGLAND 5 REVOLUTION doesn't come without a fight. And in Chisinau last night it was Frank Lampard who offered the greatest resistance to Roy Hodgson's plans to overhaul his England team.

At the beginning of his first World Cup qualifying campaign in charge, Hodgson opted to stick with the old guard against Moldova.

The result was an emphatic victory and a show of defiance from Lampard, in particular.

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The veteran Chelsea midfielder showed just how difficult it will be for the England manager to ring the changes demanded by supporters in the wake of the European Championships.

The road to Rio began with six of the players that started the Euro 2012 quarter-final against Italy.

If not for injuries to Wayne Rooney, Scott Parker and Ashley Cole that number would have been greater.

Admittedly Hodgson's options were limited by as many as nine absentees from his squad, but it is clear that evolution, rather than revolution, will be the name of the game in the build up to 2014.

The return to fitness of young players like Jack Wilshere, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones will give him more scope to usher in a new generation in time for Brazil in two years.

But in that time he faces a delicate balancing act - fashioning a new-look team that will not succumb to the same old failings at the next World Cup, while also getting the results necessary to qualify for the tournament in the first place.

That is where players like Lampard can stake their claim to remain in the international picture - and the 34-year-old could not have put forward a better case last night.

Hodgson opted to partner him with another stalwart in Steven Gerrard for the 51st time for England - and after this display, he could well stick with the same duo against Ukraine at Wembley on Tuesday. They edged the returning Michael Carrick out of the starting line up - and the United midfielder, who became disenchanted on the fringes under Fabio Capello, could hardly complain after Lampard's two first-half goals gave England the perfect start to their qualifying campaign.

Scoring from the spot inside three minutes and then with his head, Lampard ensured there would be no ruing the absence of Rooney.

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Whether he can stay in Hodgson's plans in two years' time remains to be seen when he will turn 36 during the World Cup.

Hodgson's plans in two years' time remains to be seen when he will turn 36 during the World Cup.

But he will provide enough of an obstacle to Tom Cleverley, Wilshere and City's Jack Rodwell - as well as Carrick - as they attempt to establish themselves internationally.

an obstacle to Tom Cleverley, Wilshere and City's Jack Rodwell - as well as Carrick - as they attempt to establish themselves internationally.

Last night was perfect for him as Hodgson showed his pragmatic side, picking a team to do a job 1,300 miles from home. …

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