Southampton striker Rickie Lambert feels that England manager Roy Hodgson has crushed the notion that only players from the top Premier League teams are considered for England duty, according to talkSPORT.
Current Southampton stars Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Lambert have all been included for the forthcoming friendly fixtures with Chile and Germany, in the hope of cementing a place for next summer's Brazil World Cup.
Southampton have been one of the surprise packages in the Premier League this campaign and currently sit above Chelsea and Manchester United in third position. Not to mention, the club have the best defensive record in the league thus far.
England striker Lambert however feels that his teammates inclusion in the squad is proves that hard work is the only requirement to be included in the England set-up.
Speaking to talkSPORT Lambert stated: “I said when I first got called up that if you’re working hard enough and playing well enough, then you will get the chance,
“Hopefully, it will give the players who are at clubs all the way through the Premier League the confidence to know that, if they’re doing well, they’ve got a chance of playing in the England set-up.”
The Southampton striker is beginning to make a name for himself on the international scene, having scored two goals in his first three appearances for the Three Lions.
However with places limited for the next summer's World Cup, he will have to prove his worth to Roy Hodgson if he is to travel to Brazil as part of the squad.
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