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HindustanTimes Sun,28 Dec 2014

Football

Lampard sure England will seal Brazil berth

sportsdesk@hindustantimes.com, AFP
London, October 14, 2013
First Published: 01:42 IST(14/10/2013)
Last Updated: 01:45 IST(14/10/2013)

Frank Lampard is confident England will keep their composure against Poland at Wembley on Tuesday and secure a place at next year’s World Cup finals. England head into the game top of European qualifying zone Group H following Friday’s 4-1 win over Montenegro.

But to seal their place at Brazil 2014 they must beat Poland, assuming closest group rivals Ukraine, as widely forecast, defeat minnows San Marino.

“If you are playing for your country you want to be at the World Cup there and that’s why it’s a huge game on Tuesday.

Unlike six years ago, England have the insurance policy of a play-off spot but Lampard said the team’s focus was solely on beating Poland. “I believe we will hold our nerve. I would like to think now we have the confidence and the threats we have going forward that we can make it a different night (to the Croatia one).

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