Missing the boys? Frank Lampard looks desperate to celebrate England's success as he holidays with Christine Bleakley

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By Kirsty Mccormack

..He may not be playing alongside his beloved team, but that shouldn't stop Frank Lampard from feeling happy for them.

The British footballer looked miserable as he holidayed on the Italian Riviera earlier this week despite England's recent success in the Euro 2012 tournament.

Despite being joined by his fiancée Christine Bleakley, Frank just couldn't bring himself to raise a smile as they dined out and was no doubt missing his fellow sportsmen.

Why the long face? Frank Lampard looks miserable as he holidays with his fiancée Christine Bleakley in the Italian Riviera

However, Frank's moody appearance may have been down to the fact that he and Christine were due to fly home.

The Chelsea player is in fact celebrating his 34th birthday today, and Christine confirmed that he was in good spirits.

'Morning all, got a happy birthday boy... England won, the sun is shining and we're at Ascot. Thank you for your lovely tweets xx' she wrote this morning.

Missing the boys? The footballer was no doubt feeling upset about the fact that he couldn't celebrate England's success with his team mates

But Frank was far from happy when they enjoyed their last Italian meal a few days ago.

Wearing a white T-shirt and grey trousers, the father-of-two wasn't even facing his fiancée at times as he enjoyed a glass of wine.

After missing out on a place in England's Euro 2012 squad, Frank is no doubt free to break his strict diet and exercise regime and was probably indulging in Italy's finest foods including pizza and pasta.

Tucking in: Frank is no doubt making the most of being able to eat what he wants while he's not on the football pitch

Christine certainly made the right move by whisking her beau off to Italy, and earlier on in their holiday they were spotted looking very loved-up as they kissed and cuddled in a swimming pool.

Despite looking smitten, the couple have endured endless speculation over the date and location of their big day since TV presenter Christine announced her engagement to the Chelsea player a year ago.

Christine, 33, even had to deny a persistent rumour that they had offered to pay several couples to rearrange their weddings so she and Frank could secure a date and venue this summer.

A spokesman for Frank told the The Sunday Mail's Katie Nicholl: ‘There never were any plans for a wedding this year, nor have we made any plans for next year.’

Christine is telling friends that moving into their newly refurbished home is her and Frank’s priority. ‘Their focus is moving into the house in August,’ says a source close to the couple.

'Frank will be flying to America to play with Chelsea soon, so the plan now is to get married when there’s more time.’ Friends say that the couple are blissfully happy together.