Lampard denies revolt in England camp

England's Frank Lampard (C) warms up with Wayne Rooney (L) and Steven Gerrard during a World Cup soccer training session at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus near Rustenburg June 21, 2010.  REUTERS/Darren Staples   (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)
England's Frank Lampard (C) warms up with Wayne Rooney (L) and Steven Gerrard during a World Cup soccer training session at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Campus near Rustenburg June 21, 2010. REUTERS/Darren Staples (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

FRANK Lampard has dismissed talk of factions within the England World Cup camp, while also defending "passionate" John Terry amid claims of a rebellion.

FRANK Lampard has dismissed talk of factions within the England World Cup camp, while also defending "passionate" John Terry amid claims of a rebellion.

Backing Fabio Capello to stay on as England manager beyond the World Cup, Lampard said there was no confrontation with the coach during their "crisis meeting" on Sunday night.

A rift is understood to exist within the English camp as they head into their third and final Group C match against Slovenia in Port Elizabeth tomorrow.

Terry, former England captain, has been singled out as a rebel after he vowed to confront Capello on Sunday over player selection and his tactics ahead of their vital match with Slovenia.

But Terry is understood to have lacked necessary support from his teammates in his efforts.

Terry was quoted as saying: "If it upsets Capello then I'm on the verge of just saying: 'You know what? So what? I'm here to win it for England.

"If we can't be honest with each other, then there's no point in us being here."

While his teammates have distanced themselves from his comments, Lampard has leapt to his defence saying: "I don't think anyone wants to give much away about what was said."

"I think it's been particularly overdone in terms of a crisis meeting ... but I understand what John (Terry) was saying because he's passionate like that, both as a player and as a person," said Lampard after their training session yesterday .

"Every person deals with things differently. Some won't say much and others want to hit things hit-on.

"The manager just spoke to us. We watched the Algeria game, which we know was a poor performance and we addressed that game. The manager addressed it, and that was it. It is just overdone to call it a crisis meeting."

Lampard also threw his weight behind Capello, backing him to stay in his position beyond 2010.

"I've really enjoyed working with him ..."

England need to win, as a win for Algeria against the US, could send the African side through to the second round.

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