Chelsea legend Lampard on England's past failings and hope for the future

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England's failures on the international arena now go beyond just being well-documented - it's at a stage where they're second nature.

Despite the level of individual talent in several England squads that have shown up for tournaments over the last two decades, it's been almost a given that they would end up falling short - or, more to the point, not even be genuine contenders for top honours.

Former England midfielder and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard puts this underachievement down to the difficulties faced in building a team spirit.

Lampard recalls hearing from Chelsea teammate Hernan Crespo about how tight-knit the Argentina squads were. Meanwhile, England's players were never fully unified due to their fierce rivalries in the Premier League.
The former midfielder however thinks the national team is about to benefit from the success at youth level, where the U17 team recently won the World Cup and the U19 team won the European Championships this summer.



With players now coming through the ranks together, Lampard hopes England's current crop of youngsters go on to achieve much more than his famous Golden Generation.

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Former Real Madrid star Kaka attempts crossbar challenge at 2018 World Cup final venue

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Kaka never made it onto the pitch at the International Stadium Yokohama in Japan back in 2002 when Brazil beat Germany 2-0 in the final of the World Cup.

The legendary playmaker, although retired now, did take to the pitch of the 2018 World Cup final venue, the Luzhniki Stadium though.

Kaka was joined by Vuj and Timsby of the Copa90 team for a crossbar challenge at the 81,000 seater.

The trio had some fun attempting to rattle the same bar next year's finalists would be aggrieved to strike as the former AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder discussed what it felt like to lift the most sought-after trophy in the game and Brazil's chances of repeating the feat in 2018.
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