Frank Lampard believes he has reaped the benefit of working under a succession of Italian managers with Chelsea and England.
The Chelsea and England midfielder worked under first Claudio Ranieri and now Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge and he feels Fabio Capello's appointment as England boss has helped to bring the best out of him for his country. Speaking ahead of the double World Cup qualifying double header against Ukraine and Belarus, Lampard told the English FA's official website: "The Italian managers are very disciplined. They work very hard on the training field but they are all different personalities with different styles.
"The way they carry themselves, and the way they go day-to-day with the players, they all have the same theme, which is working hard, being organised and being winners," he added. "I've been lucky enough to work with some of the best, and they've improved me and I've enjoyed playing under them."
There's a nice air of confidence, as there should be having qualified in the way that we have, but I think the manager is very determined to carry on the good form and improve on that.
Lampard has quickly adapted to the style of Ancelotti after he took over from Guus Hiddink at Stamford Bridge during the summer. "Carlo has been fantastic on and off the pitch. He's a very good man. We've all enjoyed and reacted to his management style off the pitch," the midfielder said. "And, on the pitch, tactically, on the training ground and the way he is with us on match days, I think has been proven by the results. Everyone is very happy with him."
Lampard revealed that Capello is looking to maintain the momentum built up during England's qualification campaign which has seen them book their place at the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ with two matches to spare. But the former West Ham player is unconcerned which other countries may or may not qualify for the finals.
It would be a great achievement to win all 10 qualifiers but, to be honest, it's a great achievement already what we have done.
"There's a nice air of confidence, as there should be having qualified in the way that we have, but I think the manager is very determined to carry on the good form and improve on that," he said. "The players are as well so it's certainly not been too relaxed this week. We have to make sure when we train we are focused and, when the game comes on Saturday, we don't want the feeling that we have already qualified, but just the feeling that we are trying to win the game.
"It would be a great achievement to win all 10 qualifiers but, to be honest, it's a great achievement already what we have done," Lampard went on. "I think it would bring us down a little if we had two bad results at the end of the campaign so it's very important for confidence in ourselves and from the outside just to keep working on the team. I think the idea of winning all the games would be fantastic, but Ukraine and Belarus will be very tough games, particularly Ukraine as they're fighting to try and get second place in the group so nothing will be taken for granted."
Lampard added: "I don't really care who might or might not qualify. I just focus on England. I think that attitude is what has got us to the position we are in, by looking at ourselves and working on our game. I think that regardless of who you face at a major tournament, you will get very tough games. Whether you play the likes of Portugal and France, or other countries like Croatia and Russia who both did very well at the Euros last year, you will get very tough games."