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Rickie Lambert named in England squad

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Southampton forward Rickie Lambert has been called up to the England squad for the friendly against Scotland next week.

Lambert's call-up comes on the same day as his partner gave birth to a daughter, named Bella Rose so this has been a day to remember forever for the Merseyside-born striker.

England manager Roy Hodgson told Sky Sports: "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,".

The forward managed to find the net 15 times in the Premier League last season and was the English joint top goalscorer in the Premier League last term along with Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Lambert spent most of his career in the lower leagues. The 31-year-old started his career at Blackpool but was released on a free transfer in 2000 after failing to impress in a Blackpool shirt. 

The forward went on to play for Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before joining then-League One side Southampton for £1million in August 2009 - which is surely one of the bargains of the decade so far.

Lambert's goals helped the Saints win back-to-back promotions from League 1 to the Premier League.

His goalscoring record in recent years showed that he can find the net on a regular basis in the Premier League - which has helped him earn a call up to the England squad.

 

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