Southampton star striker Rickie Lambert believes too many clubs are looking to sign foreign talent instead of using the young English talent available, according to the Daily Mail.

The Saints icon is included in the current England squad with team mates Jay Rodriguez and Adam Lallana, in what is the first time three Southampton players have been called up to the England squad since 1986. 

However, lower down the ranks on the South Coast Luke Shaw, Calum Chambers and James Ward-Prowse are all starring for the England youth team, and Lambert feels chairman Nicola Cortese deserves credit for their international success, and for telling Pochettino to use the youth players instead of looking abroad. 

Lambert said: ”I have been banging the drum about them for a while now. So to see them getting recognition from the England manager is brilliant and truly deserved.”

“Nothing beats playing for the first team, whether it is in the Premier League, Championship, League One or Two. You need to play first-team football as young as you can. Nothing can give you the experience like playing in the first-team and it is massively important.

“To see the players like Ward-Prowse, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain [since sold to Arsenal] and Luke Shaw coming through and Callum Chambers as well, it’s a pleasure to be part of it.

“It’s different from the League One days when it was 90 per cent Englishmen. We have so many different internationals. But we have still got an English core, which I think is important.”

Southampton have been the Premier League's surprise package this season, after losing just one game they're currently sitting pretty in third place, and are looking to earn a European place come the end of the season.  

Lambert will be hoping to continue his great start for England against Chile on Friday, as he hopes to get his third goal in his fourth Three Lions appearance. 

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