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Rickie Lambert will fight for England spot

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Southampton striker Rickie Lambert knows he will have to compete hard to keep his place in the England squad with the likes of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge returning from injury.

Lambert claimed his third England cap against Ukraine in Kiev in a key World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening but  endured a frustrating 90 minutes as England played out a 0-0 draw.

However the 31-year-old's fledgling international career has so far been very successful, with two goals in his first two outings for England. 

Manager Roy Hodgson regards Lambert as a serious contender for his World Cup squad but with Sturridge and Rooney coming back - and Danny Wellbeck returning from suspension - forward places will be hard fought. 

And with two important home qualifiers against Poland and Montenegro coming up in October, Lambert hopes to stay in contention.

"I understand that there will be more competition," he told reporters. "I understood that the chances of me playing in Ukraine if everyone was available were very slim anyway.

"But we want Wayne, Daniel and Andy Carroll in here as well.

"They are great players. All I can try to do is give them another option, trying to impress and hopefully I can do that.

"It has been an exciting few weeks for me and I hope it is going to continue."

England's result against Ukraine leaves them top of qualifying Group H and in charge of their own destiny concerning qualification for the summer's competition in Brazil.

If they win the last two games, they will qualify, and Lambert highlighted a job well done in Kiev.

"It was a very good away performance in a very hostile atmosphere against a good team so we are happy with a point," he added. "We limited them to one shot so that's credit to the boys.

"We defended superbly. We didn't want to concede and it worked perfectly so we are really happy."


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