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Lambert retains England hope

Lambert retains England hope

Should Rickie Lambert have been handed an England call-up for the Brazil friendly?

In all honestly I am not so sure for that one, although he has admitted he was 'disappointed' not to get that call.

Then again he was not 'expecting' it but was 'hoping' it would come: 'I was disappointed.

'I'm not saying I was expecting it but I was hoping, and it wasn't to be. But hopefully I can show until the end of the season that I am good enough, not just that I deserve a chance but that I am good enough.

'If it comes, it comes and if it doesn't, it doesn't. I'm just going to try to help Southampton, try to score goals and push Southampton up the league table.'

That expectancy of an England call-up isn't something the Southampton man is focusing on, although he will continue to hope it comes as the season progresses.

Lambert believes in his own ability and also feels that his age is not a 'hindrance' for him, with him now 30: 'I'm not going to focus on the England squad too much but I am hoping I can get a chance.

'I don't think my age is a hindrance. I've just got to try to prove to them that I'm good enough. I've got quite a lot of games left to do that.'

Quite clearly a long-term future with England is not an option for Lambert, but I do think that it could be worth taking a look at him first hand. If Roy Hodgson brought him into the international fold he can see how he trains and fits into the mix?

Should he keep performing as he has I think he would be worth a look at for the next friendly, and if he does fits in he could still be an option for the world cup in 2014, and potentially the Euros in 2016...

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Writer:Poddy
Date:Monday February 4 2013
Time: 1:07PM

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what has impressed me with Lambert is he has a very decent all round game. his work-rate is top draw and he can finish inside or outside of the box and is decent in the air
oxfordspur
04/02/2013 14:37:00
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I suppose the problem with Lambert and others such as Holt is that we have younger players such as Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck and Walcott, who are younger and better long term options, however can any of those be thought of as physical players to bully an opposition? Perhaps we have others like Andy Carroll, he seemed in good form at the weekend, as a player for that role and all we need is for him to prove his fitness. I do believe hovever that even if Lambert or AN Other wasnt officially called up, there is a sense in bringing him along for training, just to have a 1-1 look at him
oxfordspur
04/02/2013 14:41:00
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i agree with that, ALWAYS worth at least looking at a player in training - perhaps lambert is one such player?
Rug
04/02/2013 14:53:00
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I am sure that a player like lambert would happily take the chance to join up =, even if he knew he wasnt in the main squad. what better chance would he have to prove close up that he has the qualities and attitude to justify full selection
oxfordspur
05/02/2013 13:01:00
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