Rickie Lambert was involved in yesterday Monday's training session with his England teammates following the first international call up of his career.

Lambert's involvement with the national team meant that he became the second Southampton player in the last year to be called up to the squad, following Adam Lallana's call up last August.

Speaking to the English media, Lambert mentioned how his fellow teammate's call up gave him hope that he still had a chance with the national side. 

He said: "When Adam got called up last year, I think that gave everyone confidence that [Hodgson] does come and watch Southampton.

"That gave me confidence that he would call me up if I performed, and hopefully this enhances that now."

Lambert also hopes that his newfound confidence carries over to his Southampton teammates, and he hopes that his first call-up will be the first of many in the Saints squad.

"We have got some excellent young players coming through – J-Rod, Luke Shaw, Clyney and obviously Adam as well. We've got a good English core.

"Hopefully this sends out a message that if you are performing and you do believe, then you might get the chance."

So far, Lambert has impressed manager Roy Hodgson, and if he can continue to do so - he may just keep his place in the squad as well as open the door for fellow Saints players.

England's manager Hodgson, commented on the striker's training performance to the English media when he stated: "[Lambert] certainly didn't look out of place this morning in the training session, and I didn't expect him to either.

"He's a fantastic enthusiast, and someone who is really, really delighted to be here."

The new England striker is confident that he can keep his spot in the team and compete for the Three Lions whomever their opponent may be.

As Lambert continued to speak to the English media he mentioned his confidence in his ability and determination to remain in the squad.

"I'm trying to prove that I want to be here for whoever we've got.

"I'm always confident that I can score goals – I've always said that.

"Whoever I'm playing and whatever game it is, if I get a chance then I'm confident I can take it."

Lambert continued speaking about his international experience, stating: "I'm enjoying it. I'm trying to take everything in and be calm, but I am trying to get here again by doing well and impressing so I hopefully get another chance."

As long as Lambert keeps impressing and remains confident in his abilities, he may find himself on a plane to Brazil, possibly with fellow teammates from his Southampton squad.

 

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