Chelsea star would love to take a penalty against QPR

07:30 13 September 2012

Frank Lampard scored two penalties in two games for England. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Frank Lampard scored two penalties in two games for England. Photo: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

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Frank Lampard would relish the opportunity to take a penalty when Chelsea face west London rivals QPR on Saturday.

The Chelsea and England midfielder dispatched successive penalties for England against Moldova and Ukraine and is confident he could repeat the feat if called upon for Chelsea in the white-hot derby atmosphere at Loftus Road.

Following his 86th-minute equaliser against Ukraine at Wembley, Lampard admitted it’s becoming more difficult to score from the spot but insisted his experience is key.

“I’m happy to have broken Bryan Robson’s record of 26 England goals,” said the 34-year-old.

“But I’m more happy that I hit the ball into the back of the net.

“Someone has to take penalties and I have experience of doing it.

“The are never easy especially as I took one a few days ago against Moldova and goalkeeper are watching how you take them in the hope of stopping you - so there are some mind games going on at that point.”

Asked by London24 if he relished those key moments, Lampard replied: “That’s a good question. Obviously it’s great to get one to put us back in the game, but ideally I’d like us not to in that position to start with - you relish it when it hits the back of the net I can assure you,” he laughed.

With 563 appearances and 194 goals for the Blues under his belt - as well as 93 England caps - Lampard is one of the most decorated England players in history.

And the ultra-professional Chelsea man he is acutely aware of how he can preserve his career at the top level.

But after one journalist suggested he was playing a deeper role for club and country in order to extend his career, Lampard offered a compelling and classically simple response.

“I’m not playing deeper to prolong my career,” he said.

“No, its what I’m asked to do. As far as England is concerned, the manager [Roy Hodgson] asked me to get forward more in the second half and get into the box which is what I did.

“Obviously I try and do it at certain times at Chelsea, but we have a lot of attacking players at the Bridge so I have have to be even more disciplined at times there.

“But I do what the manager asks and I enjoy doing I too.”

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