Writer: Ross Molyneux
Date:Sunday March 11 2007
Talking to the papers this weekend our new found Lazarus has been commenting on life after his injury troubles and what he expects from the rest of our season.
On injuries and this season:
"They say adrenalin gets you through the first 10 or 15 games back. And when I first came back into the team, I felt amazing. But there was a spell after the Christmas period, because I'd been out for so long, when I was hitting a brick wall. My legs were absolutely knackered. Not my hamstrings, just my legs in general.I had been missing a lot of training. I was turning up on the training pitch on just a Thursday and a Friday and then playing on a Saturday. He (Roeder) was a bit gutted that I played the full 90 minutes of England v Spain because my legs needed a rest.
But that means it may be a big blessing in disguise for me that we are out of the FA Cup. We've got another free weekend now, we're getting the weekend off, and it will be good to recharge our batteries for the great run-in we have coming. And with the players we've got coming back, the manager may be able to chop and change, which he's not been able to do this season. I'm just gutted that the season is going to be over in seven or eight weeks. But that's life.'
On falling in love with the game again:
"You do take this job for granted. You do take your eye off the ball and become complacent. But to have it taken away from you for 18 months - with people saying your career could be over - makes you fall in love with it again. You can't wait to get back training, and you can't wait to be back playing again. Well, that's certainly been the case with me, and long may that feeling continue."
On his best position:
"People always ask me that question. But I'm so confused now, I don't know. I'll play anywhere I'm asked to play - for England as well. I learnt the hard way that football's not about individuals, it's about a team. But you talk about consistency . . . how are you meant to find consistency when one week you are in centre midfield, then you're up front, then you're right wing? Along with injuries, it's just something I've had to live with. But it's frustrating, and I honestly don't know where my best position is now. I just wonder where I'm going to play next. But as long as I'm playing, I don't really mind.'
"In the game against Spain last month, I played parts of the first half on the left and parts of the second half on the right. You do what the manager says, give it your all and hopefully you can do a job for them. But with the debate over whether Frank Lampard and Stevie Gerrard can play together in the centre, Owen Hargreaves putting in some great performances and the emergence of Aaron Lennon, there's a lot of competition for places. The manager and Terry (Venables) will have their ideas. I just hope I'm in the squad to find out what those ideas are.'
Date:Sunday March 11 2007
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