Jose Bosingwa may not be involved in any world cup 2010 prices but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any Chelsea connections in South Africa.
Looking specifically at the England squad, there is heavy Chelsea involvement with John Terry, Ashley Cole and Frank Lampard. Joe Cole – who has recently been released by the club – is part of Fabio Capello’s 23 players too.
It is Lampard that has received the most attention since England’s opening draw with Algeria though. Many have criticised the Chelsea man for not offering enough in the centre of midfield.
This comes after Lampard came under fire for his performances in the 2006 World Cup and it seems certain that expectant England fans want more from a man who so often turns on the style for Chelsea. Some may have bet on World Cup matters involving Lampard and they will want more from him.
Joe Cole is backing up his England team-mate though. He says that Lampard is simply a ‘victim of his own high standards’ and that he has ‘nothing to prove’ to those who have questioned his displays for the national team.
Cole continued by saying that Lampard ‘is the best in the World for what he does’. He clearly thinks that Lampard will use the game against Algeria tomorrow as a platform for a decent tournament for himself and the team.
As for Lampard himself, he has admitted that the 2006 World Cup didn’t go well, meaning that he is ‘determined to enjoy’ the current tournament, especially considering that it is probably his last World Cup.
The 31-year-old would certainly love a goal tomorrow to settle his nerves. You get the feeling that Lampard does lack a little self-belief when playing for England, but a goal against Algeria could change all of this.