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Chelsea ace says new England boss has been a breath of fresh air for the squad and insists Hodgson's man-management skills will be a crucial asset for the Three Lions

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has revealed that he loves the feel of new manager Roy Hodgson's regime, compared to that of Fabio Capello.

The 33-year-old will miss out on potentially his final major tournament with the Three Lions after picking up a thigh strain in training, but he is confident an injury-ravaged squad can go all the way under Hodgson on the eve of England's Group D opener with France.

“I really love the feel of Roy’s England. It’s brilliant," he told The Sun.

“It’s a far more relaxed atmosphere and that’s a big change from the regime before.

“There’s plenty of down time where everyone can switch off and do their own thing. But training is very focused and intense.

“He [Hodgson] wants training to be at the top level, he wants everyone to be at it. He’s definitely very strict on getting it right and very keen on getting his message across," Lampard added.

“You quickly realise how good he is. He has so much experience that he’s picked up from working all around the world.

“He knows the different styles, the different techniques and all the different tactics. So everything is very thorough and professional."

Lampard finally got his hands on the Champions League trophy this season after Chelsea beat Bayern Munich on penalties in the final and the Stamford Bridge ace said he was "gutted" to miss out on this summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine.

But he revealed he was impressed with Hodgson's man-management skills following his injury.

"Roy made a point of coming to see me personally to tell me face-to-face," said Lampard.

“He came to my room and sat down on the sofa and said he couldn’t take the chance on me.

“He explained that because he’d already lost Gareth Barry and because of the make-up of the squad he had to leave me behind.

“He said how sorry he was for me and I could tell that he meant it. I could tell he was genuinely disappointed for me.

“Obviously it was a downer for me, a really gutting moment. But what can you do?

“I had feared as much. I actually knew I was in trouble when I first got injured," he added.

“There was a shooting pain in my thigh muscle and I just knew.

“Immediately I did a quick mental calculation — two to three weeks out, that means I could miss the group games.

“So I sort of knew straightaway and then I had a day to prepare myself for the worst while waiting for the results of the scan.

“He is a genuinely nice bloke and I really appreciated and respected the way he spoke with me.

“The way he is and the way he works could prove to be a crucial asset for England. I certainly hope so."

The Three Lions will face France on Monday at 18:00CET to get their Euro 2012 programme underway.