Lampard – English youngsters ‘getting lost’

Veteran Frank Lampard has expressed his worry for English youngsters within the game as they continue to not receive first team opportunities at the top levels of football, according to Sky Sports.

Having broken through at West Ham as a 17-year-old and becoming a regular starter the following year, Lampard enjoyed a luxury many youngsters are yet to gain in recent years as clubs continue to import top European talents.

The 36-year-old moved from West Ham to Chelsea where he spent 13 years at Stamford Bridge, becoming the clubs leading all time goal scorer whilst on his way to collecting 106 caps for his country – calling time on his international career at the end of this summer.

Talking about younger players now, Lampard concedes it would have been difficult to stay and compete for a place at a top club despite the coaching facilities being better than ever for young talent.

He said: “If it was my boy I’d think about sending him to Chelsea to have the best coaching from eight to 15 and, if possible, then send him to a club with less resources to try and get him in the first team at 18.

“Rio Ferdinand and I were fortunate we experienced it at a young age. But the kids these days get lost.

“There’s a stagnant patch where we hear of these good players of 15 and 16 and wonder where they are at 21.”

Lampard went on to use the example of former team mate Josh McEachren, who after being tipped for big things has struggled to get anywhere near the starting XI, and subsequently spent repeated loan spells at lower clubs as he looks to find his way again.

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