Rickie Lambert has received the reward for a brilliant season with Southampton as he received a call up into Roy Hodgson’s England squad for the upcoming friendly against Scotland.
Furthermore, it’s nothing short of what he deserves and there are plenty who have been calling for it for quite some time now.
His powerful style of play could fool you into thinking that he lacks grace or finesse but for such a big player, his close control is outstanding, as is his finishing as his goalscoring record of 103 goals in 196 games for Southampton shows.
Lambert ended the 2012-2013 Premier League season as the highest scoring Englishman in the league, with 15 goals.
He deserves his share of accolades for this achievement when his competition in this category is considered; Wayne Rooney, Theo Walcott, Steven Gerrard, Andy Carroll and Frank Lampard all scored fewer goals this season than Lambert.
His penalty record is also nothing short of phenomenal; he hasn’t missed one for Southampton, scoring 31 out of 31.
Lambert is also one of the few players who can say they have scored in every division of English football.
Despite his obvious talent, Lambert has spent much of his career playing in the lower leagues, where he helped Southampton into consecutive promotions from 2011 to 2013. At £1million, Lambert was a bargain.
Lambert receives news of his first England call up on the same day his partner has given birth to their child, Bella-Rose.
Hodgson will be hoping to partner Lambert with Rooney for the game against Scotland, which is next Wednesday.
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