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By ESPN Staff

Terry still backs Lampard-Gerrard axis

England captain John Terry has dismissed claims that Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard cannot play together for their country.

Terry is adamant the pair can effectively combine their attacking and defensive responsibilities ahead of tonight's friendly international against Brazil at the new Wembley.

It was thought Lampard's place would have come under threat had Manchester United-bound Owen Hargreaves been fit to join the squad.

Gerrard had sealed his own place in the centre when rescuing England from humiliation against Andorra in March with two second-half goals in a 3-0 win in a Euro qualifier in Barcelona.

But Terry is confident Chelsea team-mate Lampard, who scored 21 goals last season, and Liverpool captain Gerrard can gel as a partnership.

He said: 'It's baffling what people say because Frank and Steven are two of the best players in world football and are playing great stuff week in, week out.

'People say they can't play together which, for me, is ridiculous.

'Both are attacking players but even at Chelsea, Frank can sit in there for 10 minutes and let someone else bomb on. Steven is the same at Liverpool.

'Rather than everyone keep talking about this why not take the pressure off them a bit, put both in there and give them a run of four or five games.

'Let us see what they can do. We've tried a holding player, we've done other things but why not play 4-4-2 and stick them in there? Let them deal with the situation because they're good enough players.'