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Lampard works to ensure he won't pay the penalty

England midfielder Frank Lampard revealed he has been practising penalties after missing one in Tuesday's defeat of Hungary.

The Chelsea player has previously proved reliable from the spot for his country - but saw his first-half spot-kick at Old Trafford saved by a diving Gabor Kiraly.

However, Lampard said on Thursday he has been putting in the work in a bid to make sure he does not miss again from 12 yards.

He told a press conference televised by Sky Sports News: 'When you take penalties you take them with the idea you might miss one one day - it comes with the territory.

'I've taken them for a long time with Chelsea and a couple for England.

'This week we've been training a lot and working on fitness and tactics.

'At Chelsea I practised penalties two or three times a week - but I've not played for a month.

'It takes a strong minded person to take them and we won the game - it wasn't a World Cup qualifying game, which would have hit home a bit harder.

'But it's served as a reminder for me to stick them away when they are crucial.

'A big part of my game is scoring goals and I hope to score important goals for the team.'

Germany got the better of England in penalty shoot-outs in the 1990 World Cup and the 1996 European Championships - and the two teams could meet again in the second round.

But Lampard added: 'I've been practising penalties - but not with Germany in mind.

'But if we come up against them, we'll be ready for that.'

The squad's fitness is another reason for Lampard to be optimistic, as he added: 'I feel very fit, very good actually.

'The people around me felt good as well before the game on Tuesday and the fitness coach tells us we are fitter - it's great to go into a tournament like that.'

'It takes half a game maybe to get back in excellent nick. It's been perfect for me to have one or two weeks off after the season and get two games to get in peak condition.'

As for Tuesday's game, which ended in a 3-1 success, he continued: 'We can take a lot of positives from the way we played with that system.

'It was similar to the way we play at Chelsea, with one holding midfielder and one behind the forward - as Steven Gerrard did.

'It wasn't alien to me and I enjoyed getting forward at times.'

The 27-year-old disagrees with people who believe he and Gerrard cannot work well together for England.

He explained: 'I've heard people say we haven't been getting the best out of each other, and we play like strangers. That's nonsense.

'We are two intelligent players, two players who can help us win the World Cup.'

Lampard added: 'I feel lot of players in the squad have the winning mentality and now we have to take it on to the national team.

'We're looking forward to the game on Saturday (against Jamaica).

'Every wants to go out on a high and take confidence into the competition.'