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Alarm bells sounding for Everton

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By ESPN Staff

Terry calls on England fans to back Lampard

John Terry fears Frank Lampard was made the scapegoat for England's moderate performances last season - and is urging the `boo boys' to lay off his Chelsea and international team-mate.

Lampard was targeted by a section of fans before and during the June friendly against Brazil at the new Wembley.

The former West Ham player could confront them again in tonight's friendly international with Germany at the same venue - a warm-up for next month's vital Euro 2008 double-header with Israel and Russia.

Terry said: 'I was really surprised at what happened with Frank. It has happened once before. I don't condone it and I certainly don't want the fans to do it again.

'Frank has been fantastic for England over the last three or four years - not only his goal record, but also his overall performances.

'When things weren't going well for us it was easy for a section of the crowd to target certain players.'

Terry has no doubt Lampard will repay any faith shown in him.

'Unfortunately Frank was targeted - but he has been brilliant for England and Chelsea, and I would ask the fans to get behind every single one of us,' he said.

'He is a world-class player and he has done it for England for many years now.'

Terry also hopes Lampard will follow him and resolve his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.

He said: 'Frank has come out and said it's not all about money.

'It is probably his last contract, and he has to get it right for himself and his family. He has got two kids now.

'It is not only the financial side of things that is keeping Frank from signing. I am sure if you talk to him he will tell you the ins and outs - but it is important he does get it right.

'I'd love him to stay at Chelsea and sign his contract, but he has to get it right for himself and his family.'

Terry believes the return of Michael Owen from his latest injury setback will compensate England for the absence of Wayne Rooney.

He said: 'It is disappointing we have lost Wayne Rooney, but we have got Michael Owen back - which is a great boost for us.

'His goal-scoring record speaks for itself, and if we can get Michael and another striker scoring goals as well that is going to stand us in good stead.

'We certainly need to score a few more goals - and with Michael back on the scene, I think we can do that.'

Terry insists England's players will be fully committed for the first home match against Germany in almost seven years.

He said: 'There is an appetite to do well. We are all hungry to play and do well. To play for your country is the best thing ever.

'If there is a 50-50 ball all of the lads will go for it - and I will be drumming that into the players. Once you are out there, whether it is a pre-season game or a friendly, the tackles still go in.

'It is a friendly against Germany and it means an awful lot to us as players. We saw what was achieved when we went to Germany a few years ago and won 5-1 and the lads put on a great performance.

'To do that again would give everyone a great boost, and I don't think there is any such thing as a friendly any more.'

Every player in the home team at Wembley tonight has agreed to donate his match fee to a Team England Footballers Charity which is expected to raise at least £1million for selected causes - including the Association of Children's Hospices, WellChild, the Bobby Moore Fund for Cancer Research UK and the Professional Footballers Association Charity Initiatives.

Terry explained: 'It was a collective decision by the squad to set up our own Team England Footballers Charity to enable us to both donate our England match fees and dedicate time to charities we wanted to work with.

'It is something the players are proud to support and be involved in.'

It is hoped the £1million target will be achieved from the match fee aggregate and other associated initiatives.