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Lampard: Shield row won't hurt international relations

CHELSEA&rsquo;S Frank Lampard is adamant that bad blood between Blues and Manchester United players will not affect the England squad ahead of tomorrow&rsquo;s friendly against Holland.<br /><br />United were incensed at Lampard&rsquo;s goal in Sunday&rsquo;s Community Shield, which Chelsea won on penalties after a 2-2 draw. The midfielder&rsquo;s strike came while United defender Patrice Evra lay prone following an off-the-ball challenge from the Blues&rsquo; Michael Ballack.<br /><br />With United and Chelsea players making up six of the 23-man squad, any lingering bitterness had scope to poison the atmosphere in the camp before the trip to Amsterdam.<br /><br />But while Lampard conceded the Premier League champions had grounds to feel aggrieved, he argued there was little room for resentment as United players would have done the same.<br /><br />&ldquo;There has not been much banter. We know how these things go. We&rsquo;ve been on the receiving end in more important games than that, it&rsquo;s just a bit of luck and it was a good game for us to win,&rdquo; said Lampard.<br /><br />&ldquo;I think it was a foul looking back at it. It wasn&rsquo;t an elbow or body-check like has been said. You play on until the ref blows the whistle. Man U have done it in the first half a couple of times when he the referee didn&rsquo;t blow. You play on &ndash; it&rsquo;s cut and dried really.&rdquo;<br /><br />Lampard stressed the importance of the Holland clash for gauging fitness levels and easing players back into international duty ahead of next month&rsquo;s World Cup qualifier against Croatia.<br /><br />England colleague Glen Johnson, however, struck an altogether more nonchalant tone and appeared more focused on Liverpool&rsquo;s league opener against Tottenham on Sunday.<br /><br />He said: &ldquo;The lads will be treating it as another pre-season game. We&rsquo;ll be taking it as a friendly, it would be nice to come away with a win.&rdquo;