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There's no denying that Frank Lampard is a great player.
He's won everything at Chelsea and was instrumental in their recent Champions League success. After years of operating as an out-and-out attacking midfielder, Lampard also appears to have added a degree of tactical maturity to his game, operating deeper for Chelsea, and showing that he has the ability to control games, as well as decide them.
But having both Lampard and Steven Gerrard in the England side has been a headache for England managers for almost 10 years.
It's almost impossible to create a balanced relationship between the two players when they both start in midfield, and neither seems to play at the top of their game when next to the other.
So, maybe Lampard's injury simplifies matters somewhat. It allows Gerrard and Parker to form a simple partnership in midfield, and they seem to have a growing understanding with each other.
The main question for the England midfield is who should play ahead of them, further up the field.
Theo Walcott, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Stuart Downing?
Roy Hodgson has some big decisions to make.