Jenas targets England role
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jermaine Jenas is eager to put pressure on Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard.
Jermaine Jenas is eager to put pressure on England rivals Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard this summer.
Jenas, who scored against Arsenal on Saturday, is looking to end the season on a high for Tottenham and is hopeful of forcing his way into Steve McClaren's thinking for the friendly against Brazil in June and the Euro 2008 qualifier against Estonia.
Jenas is aware that Gerrard and Lampard are established figures in the England engine room, but is not prepared to accept a bit-part role.
"At the end of the day they've been through the same thing themselves," Jenas told Spurs' official magazine, Hotspur. "They've had to knock someone off that spot to get the shirt.
"I don't think the England central midfield positions are as locked as people think. I remember coming on with Lamps in the second half in South Africa (in 2003) and realising he'd taken a step forward."
Jenas is aware that McClaren has a glut of midfield options to choose from and feels Liverpool star Gerrard is the jewel in the crown.
He added: "In my eyes Stevie G is exceptional, probably England's best player if I'm honest, and Lamps is also a top midfielder, his record speaks for itself.
"He (Lampard) has been brilliant and an example to a lot of people. He and Stevie should be able to play together and from what I've seen in training with England, they can."