Matt Le Tissier believes that if Rickie Lambert can maintain his goal scoring form he can be part of England's World Cup squad next year.
The Southampton legend - who was inducted into the National Football Museum's Hall of Fame yesterday - has said Lambert can succeed at international level despite his age.
"If he has a goalscoring season like last year I see no reason why he can't get himself a ticket on that plane to Brazil," Le Tissier told BBC Sport.
"What Rickie has done has been phenomenal.
"Not too many players have made their international debut past 30, especially considering the path he has taken. But he is a hero at Southampton and has enough quality to be able to make a difference at international level.
"Lambert has put himself in Hodgson's thoughts. I don't think we're overly blessed with attacking options in England at the moment."
Lambert made his England debut last month at the age of 31 and has gone on to score two goals in three appearances for his country.
The striker finished with 15 goals in his first ever season in the top-flight of football last season and played a key part in England's qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
Le Tissier himself - who scored 212 goals in 543 appearance for the Saints - only collected eight England caps despite his tremendous goal scoring record.
But with Southampton’s current superstar proving he has the ability to perform at the top-level coinciding with Roy Hodgson’s lack of striking options it could mean the former non-league footballer will get his ticket to Brazil next summer.
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