Frank Lampard admits he is desperate to prove the critics wrong after Fabio Capello was urged to call time on the Chelsea midfielder's England career.
Lampard was restored to England's starting line-up for Tuesday's 1-0 win over Wales at Wembley just three days after being axed by Capello for the 3-0 win against Bulgaria.
Capello's decision to leave the 33 year-old on the bench in Sofia was widely regarded as the end of Lampard's time on the international stage.
Lampard won't have silenced the critics with his tepid display against Wales, which included a bad miss in the second half and ended with his substitution after 73 minutes.
At least the former West Ham star has grown used to dealing with the vitriol of fans and pundits throughout an international career that has seen him labelled as the leading flop of England's so-called golden generation.
He concedes the criticism has irked him this time because it is too early in the campaign to make a definitive judgement on his form and he would love to made the experts eat their words by helping England shine at Euro 2012.