Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has been called up by Roy Hodgson to the England squad for the friendly against Scotland - recognition for a career that began at the bottom.

The forward has scored 15 goals in his first season of top flight football last term. He has plied trade in the lower rungs of the English football before earning promotion with the Saints.

He has played over 300 matches for Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before making a move to St.Mary's in 2009.

He joined then-relegated League One side, Southampton for a fee in excess of £1 million. He scored 30 goals in his first season under Alan Pardew.

The arrival of Nigel Adkins in September 2010 brought the good times back to St.Mary's. 

Lambert's 48 league goals in 87 matches fired Southampton to successive promotions, after finishing as runners-up in both League One and League Championship.

In his first ever top flight football season, the 31-year old finished as the joint-top English scorer in the Premier League alongside Frank Lampard, and ahead of the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jermain Defoe, Darren Bent and Peter Crouch. 

He is an excellent team player with an amazing ability to link-up play. His 8 assists in the league partially tell the story. He does not shy away in the big games as well.

He has scored in both games against Chelsea and Liverpool and in the home game against Manchester United. His free-kick goal against Chelsea in the memorable 3-1 win at St.Mary's is etched permanently in the Southampton history.

Lambert's call-up comes on the same day his partner gave birth to a daughter, named Bella Rose.

"I think if a man has really worked as hard over the years to prove his worth as Rickie Lambert, I think he really deserves this call-up, at a time of course when a couple of players who might have got a nod in front of him - Daniel Sturridge and Andy Carroll - are unavailable," said manager Roy Hodgson.

Let's hope Lambert gets his first Cap against Scotland and perform to his ability.

Here is the England squad in full for the friendly against Scotland.

Goalkeepers: Ben Foster, Joe Hart, John Ruddy

Defenders: Leighton Baines, Gary Cahill, Ashley Cole, Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Kyle Walker

Midfielders: Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Jack Wilshere, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott, Ashley Young, Wilfried Zaha,

Strikers: Jermain Defoe, Rickie Lambert, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck


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