Frank Lampard: 'At my age you have to cherish and appreciate wins like this much more'

 

Frank Lampard scored the two England goals that took him to 25 in his international career last night, surpassing Geoff Hurst in the all-time goalscorers' list, as England cruised to a 5-0 victory over Moldova in their first 2014 World Cup qualifier.

In England's biggest away win since a 7-1 victory over San Marino 19 years ago, Lampard scored two – the first a penalty – with Jermain Defoe, James Milner and Leighton Baines giving the side the win over Moldova, ranked 141st in the world by Fifa.

Lampard said: "At my age, you cherish and appreciate wins like this more. [As for playing alongside Gerrard] Steve is a great player, we all know that. I suppose at times we have to come up with answers and we've done that tonight. It was a proud moment. It was an achievement I can look back on with pride.

"We are trying to improve. We took out foot off the pedal in the second half, which is perhaps understandable with a game to come in a few days, but we will need to keep at a higher level for 90 minutes against Ukraine, who are a better team."

Of Lampard, Hodgson said: "He was excellent. Frank, like Steven [Gerrard], is a quality player. Quality is permanent, and that's proved itself time and time again. They might not always play to the top of their game, because football is football, but you're better off going into games having that quality on the field. I'm happy to have the pair of them, and Michael Carrick as well."

The only concern was John Terry's ankle injury that forced the defender to come off before the end of the game. Hodgson said that the defender would be assessed today to see determine whether he would be fit to play against Ukraine in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier. "John's a warrior, so he pooh-poohed the suggestion he should come off with 20 minutes to go. He took a kick on the ankle in the first half and then twisted it slightly when he landed in front of the bench."

Gerrard was also substituted at half-time but Hodgson said that was purely a precaution with the team already 3-0 up. The England manager said that Ashley Cole trained yesterday at Chelsea's Cobham base and his ankle will be assessed tomorrow for the Ukraine game. Baines' assured performance gives Hodgson a very good option should he be without his first-choice 98-cap left-back again.

"I'm very pleased. It's the first match in a qualifying group for a World Cup, which is always a nervous occasion. You're always concerned you'll not produce the performance you want, or the result, but we got off to the best possible start, controlled the game throughout and I don't think the scoreline flattered us," he said.

"Sometimes 5-0 victories do, but not this one. We're pleased, but now we have a couple of days to prepare for the next one. Tuesday is against one of the teams who could be one of the favourites to win the group."

The goal for Baines came on the occasion of his first start in a competitive game for England, taking a deflection off a Moldova defender on its way in. Baines said: "I'll try to claim it, although I'm not sure they'll give it to me or not. It was definitely going on target.

"The early goals helped, made it more comfortable by half-time. We just needed to see the game out. We could have played better second half but the game was won. The main thing was to not concede a goal. It gets us off to a good start and the goal difference could play a part later on, so it's nice to get them on the board.

"The goal was not one of my more memorable ones. It took a pretty big deflection but if they give it to me then I'll be happy. I don't know if you'd describe it as a Brazilian free-kick – it was more like one you'd see in the park."

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Giants Club: After wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, Uganda’s giants flourish once again

Uganda's giants are flourishing once again

After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

Archaeologists will recover a crucial item from the wreck of the London which could help shed more light on what happened in the vessel's final seconds
Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
10 best sun creams for kids

10 best sun creams for kids

Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
Bill Granger recipes: Heading off on holiday? Try out our chef's seaside-inspired dishes...

Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin