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Lambert set for crunch England clash after Sturridge withdrawal

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Lambert has two goals in two games for England. (©GettyImages)
Lambert has two goals in two games for England. (©GettyImages).

New-found England fans' favourite Rickie Lambert looks set to start once again for England, this time in their crunch tie against Ukraine in Kiev.

On Saturday evening, The Football Association formally announced that Daniel Sturridge had been ruled out of contention for Tuesday evening's World Cup qualifier.

Lambert and Jermain Defoe remain as Roy Hodgson's two striking options ahead of the vital match, which could have a large impact on whether England will be present at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Ukraine are currently one point behind England, whilst Montenegro are level with England on 15 points, although they have played one more game than the Three Lions.

Despite two goals and two assists in his 96 minutes so far in an England shirt, doubts remain over Lambert's capabilities at international level.

Lambert hit 15 goals in his debut Premier League season, finishing as joint-top English goalscorer, level with Frank Lampard of Chelsea, who is also expected to start on Tuesday night.

Hodgson endorsed both of Lambert's performances so far for the national side, and states that anyone who is brought in to start would have to consider themselves lucky.

Following the 4-0 win over Moldova, Hodgson spoke at length about his striking options, and continued to praise Lambert.

“People thought Lambert’s selection came about because other people were missing. He took his chance. That’s all you can do and I’m sure he’ll be expecting to play on Tuesday night."

Danny Welbeck's yellow card against Moldova means that he is unavailable for the trip to England's Group H rivals for qualification.

Sturridge joins Wayne Rooney in being unavailable after aggravating a thigh problem, whilst Rooney misses out due to a cut on his head.

Hodgson has also confirmed that no one will be called-up in light of recent events, and he will be relying on Lambert, and potentially Defoe, on Tuesday.

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