Lampard backing Bertrand

Blues midfielder tipping full-back for the top to challenge Cole

Ryan Bertrand: Has enjoyed a productive spell for club and country

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Frank Lampard is delighted to see Ryan Bertrand earn international recognition and expects him to push Ashley Cole close for club and country this season.

The Chelsea left-back made his England debut as a second-half substitute during Wednesday's 2-1 friendly victory over Italy.

A call-up to Roy Hodgson's senior squad has capped an eventful few months for Bertrand, with the 23-year-old having also graced the UEFA Champions League final and the 2012 Olympics.

He will be hoping to kick on domestically in 2012/13, and Lampard is convinced a product of Chelsea's academy system has a bright future at Stamford Bridge.

He told The Sun: "Ashley is the best and will carry on playing but it is great to see people coming through.

"You need a squad with players to push each other and players like Ryan and Leighton Baines can do well.


"I'm really pleased for Ryan. He can do anything as a left-back. He is so composed, he makes the game look really easy.

"It's unfortunate for him that he is behind Ashley because Ashley has been the best for a long time.

"Ryan will get more opportunities this season and next.

"He has probably learned a lot from Ashley and he will go on and have a great career for club and country. They are good friends. The example of the way Ashley plays is enough to learn from.

"But as you saw in the Champions League final, Ryan can play in front of Ashley and give a better balance in a more advanced left-sided game.

"He can do a bit of everything and he really is as quick as lightning."