Lampard using Croatia defeat as England World Cup motivation

Frank Lampard has revealed how the memory of losing to Croatia in 2007 and missing out on qualification for Euro 2008 is spurring him on to help England beat Poland and qualify for World Cup 2014, ESPN has reported.

Lampard was part of the side that lost 3-2 at Wembley to Croatia in the final match of Steve McClaren’s tenure as England manager, a result that caused the national team to miss out on a first tournament since World Cup 1994. Lampard admitted he tries not to think of the disappointment, but that it lives as long in the memory as the more positive results.

I try not to think about that night too much,” he said. “You remember the bad nights as much as the good ones.” Lampard was joined in that team by Steven Gerrard, but the midfield pair are the only players left from that team to this – Ashley Cole was an unused substitute, with Wayne Bridge selected at left-back.

Lampard has previously said that next year’s World Cup is likely to be the last international tournament for which he is selected, as the Chelsea player turns 36 next summer.

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