Lampard: England can learn from Olympic heroes

As the veteran makes his return with England he claims that the squad could learn from the example set by the athletes participating at the Games in London this summer.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has conceded that the England squad could learn from the example set by athletes at the Olympic Games as the team prepares for its friendly against Italy.

Wednesday's game is the last chance that Roy Hodgson's team has to experiment prior to the World Cup qualifiers that begin in September against Moldova and Ukraine.

The behavior of footballers has come under fire following the positive experience over two weeks in London and the Chelsea veteran has admitted that lessons could be taken from the Games.

"I don't know if it's fair or not that football seems to be getting a bit of a kicking," Lampard told The Sun. "Sure, we know we have our failures in the sport. But we're not the only ones. The Olympics went especially well. The contestants, the atmosphere, the interaction of different countries together in one place, it was great to see.

"If we can all take a lesson from that, every one of us, then we will have all learned a good lesson. It was great to be there and to sample the sort of happy atmosphere you don’t always get at football matches. It was very refreshing.

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