Frank Lampard refusing to panic
Frank Lampard insisted England were not in need of a reality check as they succumbed to a 2-0 defeat to Chile at Wembley on Friday night.
Alexis Sanchez scored twice as the visitors outplayed the Three Lions, who lost for the first time in a year and did not look as sharp as they had done in their vital World Cup qualifiers last month.
Lampard, who captained England on his 103th cap, believes Roy Hodgson's side are improving and ready for another stern test at home to Germany on Tuesday.
“We didn't need a reality check,” the Chelsea midfielder told ITV1. “We are very aware of the job in hand, we are not on the moon and we are not terrible -- we are somewhere in between. We have got a long way to go.
“We need to concentrate on what we are doing, we have got another game against top class opposition on Tuesday and we need to improve.”
Lampard was also full of praise for Chile, who have also booked their place for the World Cup in Brazil next summer.
“I think they are a good team first and foremost,” Lampard added. “We knew that coming in to the game. It is a different style to what we have been playing recently.
“It was a great exercise for us, no-one wants to lose a game, they scored early and late and we had quite a few chances in the middle. It is one we need to take the positives out of going forward, we created some good stuff at times.”
Hodgson handed debuts to Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster and Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, and Lampard was impressed with the contribution of Saints skipper Lallana.
“I thought he was very lively,” he said. “Both Southampton boys deserved their chances and on another day he [Lallana] might have had two goals on his debut.”
Hodgson refused to blame the changes he had made to his side for the result and felt a 2-0 defeat was harsh.
When asked if his new inclusions meant the result was more likely, he said: “Not totally, to be fair we played against a really good team. At a goal down it was always going to be difficult but we came back in to the game towards the end of the first half and at the start of the second half.
“I thought to be frank that Chile were the better team tonight, they played very, very well but I think we were unlucky to lose it two goals to nil. On the last one we were pushing forward.”
The England manager did take some things from the test and was full of praise for Chile goalkeeper and captain Claudio Bravo.
“We learnt a lot of things tonight,” he added. “We learnt a lot about our squad players and a lot about what it will be like to play against South American opposition. I think that was the best display of passing from a goalkeeper I have ever seen.”