Frank Lampard delighted to be one of England's senior men

The 35-year-old Chelsea midfielder will be taking part in his third World Cup in Brazil and is enjoying his role in the squad.

Frank Lampard has talked up his role as one of England's most experienced stars in the Three Lions' youthful-looking World Cup squad.

Lampard, who turns 36 during the tournament, is one of three players who have over 90 caps for the national side, after Roy Hodgson picked a squad with an average age of just 26 for the Brazil competition.

The long-serving midfielder, who will end his 13-year association with Chelsea after the World Cup, will captain the Three Lions against Ecuador on Wednesday evening, and the 35-year-old is delighted to be one of the team's senior stars.

He told reporters: “I’m really happy to be involved amongst a really exciting young squad, lots of skill, lots of speed, lots youthful exuberance and I’m just enjoying every minute of it. It’s my third World Cup and I’m enjoying every minute of it.

“I think we have a responsibility, I think we try and take it on board. We don’t try and ram it down the throats of the youngsters what they should do. It’s a case of letting them go and play without fear."

Lampard, who is the highest-scoring midfielder in Premier League history with 171 strikes, detailed how the Three Lions are using the Miami climate as a way of adjusting to the searing heat they will be subjected to in Brazil.

“I think we all have to adapt," he added. "We have to find our best way, it’s certainly the humidity and the heat can suck a bit out of your legs but I do feel the acclimatisation does help. Day one, it’s very hard, day two, it’s a little bit easier. It’s up to us as a team and as individuals to say ‘Okay, we feel we can deal with this’ and there are no excuses.

“We’re careful in training, we train very hard, but you’re obviously very aware of that but come the match, it’s very difficult to think about injuries, so we’ll just concentrate on playing well, individually and as a team, and fingers crossed we get on the plane and have 23 fit players.”

Roy Hodgson is expected to make as many as 10 changes for the game against the South Americans in Florida, and Wayne Rooney will be asked to play an unfamiliar role withdrawn role on the left behind striker Rickie Lambert.

Hodgson's men begin their World Cup campaign against Italy on June 14.

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