Lampard glad to be back
Defoe celebrates landmark appearance with a goal
Last Updated: September 8, 2012 9:05am
Frank Lampard was pleased to be part of a convincing England display as he scored twice in a 5-0 win in Moldova.
England began their World Cup qualifying campaign in style as they put five past their opponents in Chisinau and Lampard got the Three Lions off to a flying start with two early goals.
The 34-year-old midfielder feels the fast start was crucial to ensuring it was a comfortable night for Roy Hodgson's team.
"They're tricky places to come I'd say and the early goal always helps settle your nerves," Lampard told Sky Sports News.
"After that our first-half performance in particular was sharp - full of some young pace in the team - and that won us the game in 45."
Lampard was paired with skipper Steven Gerrard in midfield - a partnership that has not always gelled for England - but the Chelsea man was pleased to show they can work together.
"You've got to try and keep giving those answers," he added. "Steven's always a pleasure to play with as well because he's a top player."
Asked if he was pleased to take his tally of England goals to 25 as he moves up the all-time list, Lampard said: "It's nice. I'm proud to be up there among very good names.
"But more importantly I think the way I play these days, in a bit more disciplined role, those kinds of goals are few and far between.
"When you're part of a good performance and you see the young players coming through it gives you real excitement.
That performance included encouraging displays from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Tom Cleverley in the England midfield and Lampard feels it's all part of Hodgson's dynamic strategy.
He said: "We train very hard. We train with a very attacking mind set.
"We're looking to get the ball to our pacey kind of players on the wings or behind the front-man and Jermain Defoe is looking very sharp at the moment.
"And the way we played in the first half we could have been more goals up. We'll try and keep playing with that attitude and hopefully keep things tight at the other end.
Asked if it was good to be back in the fold after missing Euro 2012 through injury, Lampard added: "It was great. I really enjoyed it. I've enjoyed the whole week and the build up to it.
"I'm enjoying being part of it. The older you get the more you appreciate it won't go on forever. So I'm just enjoying being part of it at the minute and with all these exciting players around."