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Hodgson urges Lampard to stay in Europe

Created on 07 Feb., 2013 1:36 AM GMT

England manager Roy Hodgson has implored Frank Lampard to remain in Europe should he leave Chelsea in the off-season.

The midfielder made his 94th appearance for England during the 2-1 win over Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday, scoring his 27th goal in the process.

With his Chelsea contract expiring in the off-season, there has been much speculation as to whether he will remain at Stamford Bridge or move abroad, with MLS suggested as a possible destination.

But Hodgson hopes he does not follow the example of David Beckham, who moved from Real Madrid to the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007.

Speaking to reporters at Wembley, Hodgson said: "I think he can (make it to 100 caps). I hope Frank stays in Europe.

"I don't know what his future is at Chelsea – that's between him and the club – but I know he's going to have a lot of offers if he decides to leave.

"And I hope we still see him in Europe next season, because it makes my task a bit easier. If he does follow David it complicates things but it doesn't rule it out."

Hodgson praised man-of-the-match Jack Wilshere, saying he had been reluctant to push him too far but that the midfielder had shown he was comfortable in virtually any situation.

"I was trying to protect him yesterday but, with the way he played tonight, it seems you can crank up the pressure as much as you like on him and he's comfortable with it," he said.

The former West Brom manager spoke about the occasion of having Brazil at Wembley and was delighted the match attracted a big crowd and a win to coincide with the FA's 150th anniversary.

Hodgson said: "When you're managing England at Wembley in front of a big crowd, it's always special, and it was a very supportive crowd.

"We were hoping things would go our way, what with the FA's 150th celebrations, but we knew it wouldn't be easy because we'd chosen to play Brazil but I'm pleased. I thought we played well, and we certainly didn't steal anything.

"We had a crazy spell after half-time when Gary Cahill got caught in possession and Fred scored, and then we gave him another chance where he hit the crossbar, but apart from that we coped quite well with the problems and questions they asked of us, and we asked plenty of them ourselves.

"I hope it gives them belief. We had a lot of young players out there, but I felt we had a good blend of youth and experience. It's nice to see, and I hope it convinces them that they can play well enough together to win matches against these teams.

"We had that spell at the start of the second half, and Brazil smelled blood and went after us. But we did well to not only survive that period, but to get ourselves back into the game."

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