Chelsea star had considered walking away.
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has expressed his desire to extend his England career after securing a new one year deal with his club, talkSPORT reports.
The 34-year-old has seen fellow members of the side’s ‘golden generation’ hang up their boots lately with Rio Ferdinand and John Terry no longer available for selection with the three lions and he has admitted that he had thought about walking away after failing to qualify for Euro 2008 but has stated that he loves playing for his country more than ever now.
“I’ve grown more in love with England as I’ve got older,” he said.
“When I was mid-England career and took a bit of stick, I didn’t really enjoy it. I don’t think you can if you go to Wembley and get a bit of stick and go to World Cups and aren’t playing well. That’s not me moaning about it – we didn’t perform and it comes with the territory.
“As I’ve got older, the appreciation of playing for my country has risen. It doesn’t go on forever and I actually really, really enjoy it at the moment.
“It’s difficult. For young players, the pressure is so intense. The level up from playing for your club is so huge.
“I remember a couple of conversations I had with my dad on the phone years ago. It was around the Croatia game, the horrible night with Steve McClaren.
“I was taking a lot of stick and I had a conversation with my dad and he was brilliant He said, ‘listen son, you don’t know you’re born, you’re playing for your country’. It was a good wake-up call. Looking back on that it he couldn’t have said any better words to me.”
Lampard admitted that an elusive international honour is the only blight on his career.
“We’ve all performed in the Premier League, Champions League,” he said. “As a group and individually, I’ll hold my hands up and say at World Cups I haven’t performed, in certain England games I haven’t performed.
“It certainly isn’t for the want of trying. But when you look at the end and you go ‘yes, I’ve ticked all those boxes’, the international one, none of us have ticked.”