London, May 6 (ANI): Ace midfielder Frank Lampard has said that England is going to win the 2010 World Cup, and added that the players will have to overcome their fear of losing on penalties again.
Lampard is desperate to lift the trophy in South Africa this summer and believes the team has what it takes to win.
Since 1990, England has been knocked out of five major tournaments on spot-kicks, losing to archrivals Germany twice, Portugal twice and Argentina once.
"I think it has become a bit of an issue in the mind. No matter how well we have played in a match, when it comes down to penalties, you think: 'Oh s*** here we go again'," The Sun quoted Lampard, as saying.
"Once you've got that mindset, it is hard to get out of it. That's why the Germans are so good at it. They get to penalties and they have a confidence, an arrogance I suppose that they are going to win. England need more of that self-belief," he said.
Lampard, who has scored 20 times for England in 77 games, is confident that coach Fabio Capello is the right man to lead England to glory.
Speaking in GQ Sport magazine, he heaped praise on the manager.
"I think he's brilliant. He is very straight, very firm. You only have to look at what he has achieved in his career and at the way England are performing now to realise that this is the right way for us to go," Lampard said.
"There is definitely a self-belief there. I hate to sound like I'm getting carried away, but there is a new-found confidence about the team. Before, we knew we were good players, but I don't think we quite believed in ourselves as a squad," he added. (ANI)