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Rickie Lambert earns first England call up

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Roy Hodgson has named his 25-man squad for England's friendly against Scotland on Wednesdsay. 

Youngster Wilfried Zaha has been promoted from the u-21 squad while star players such as Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard, and Frank Lampard were all included. 

Also named in the squad was Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, and he will be earning the first England call up of his career at the age of 31. 

Many will find his call up surprising, and will simply say that his inclusion in the squad is a result of the many injuries that other strikers have picked up who would have been a part of the squad instead of Lambert.

Southampton fans will argue otherwise though, and they believe that their beloved forward has waited a long time for this moment and thoroughly deserves to be a part of the England set-up. 

Mauricio Pochettino, the Southampton manager, was speaking to Southampton's Twitter account when he declared that Lambert's call up was "something for the entire club to be proud of" and that it is "the result of Rickie's hard work over the course of the four years he has spent at the Saints" 

The new England striker's first stint in professional football was with Blackpool, where he made three appearances - scoring no goals. 

He was released by the club, and began making his name by playing for various football league clubs. 

Southampton then signed him from Bristol Rovers, and he has since played a vital role in Southampton's rise to the English Premier League. 

Last season Lambert bagged 15 goals and five assists as Southampton beat the odds to stay clear of relegation. 

The Saints forward's rise to the top was a journey that gained the respect of the England manager, as he stated that: "What really impressed me about [Lambert] is that this is a man who has come up the hard way starting in non-league." 

Now, after 13 years of fighting his way to the top, Lambert has come to the pinnacle of his career on a very special day that saw his partner give birth to his daughter and a first England call up for the Saints forward.

 

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