Rickie Lambert's rise from a lower league player to England star is nothing short of remarkable, but can he keep his place in the national team?
The Southampton striker has been prolific throughout his career, consistently proving his doubters wrong when moving up through the divisions.
Many doubted he'd have the credentials to lead the line for Southampton upon their promotion back to the Premier League, but 15 goals last season proved to everybody he could cut it on the biggest stage in club football.
To quote a famous saying... "the goals don't get any smaller". That really is the case with Lambert - he's a striker that just knows how to score goals. No matter what level that may be at, his movement and understanding of the game, accompanied with his talent, mean that a goal is never far away for the Saints striker.
Rickie Lambert's mum, Maureen, spoke of her delight that her son had made it all the way to the top.
She said: “The last couple of weekends [we have been] going up and down to Wembley, it’s been really good.
"It was brilliant watching him score the other day – we all saw him after the game, about six or seven mates and his wife all went – so we were all in the player’s lounge at the end."
Such is Lambert's down to earth and likeable persona, the former beetroot picker deserves the chance to keep his place in the team.
Despite losing his 100% goalscoring record in an England shirt after the 0-0 draw with Ukraine, two goals in three games is still a great return on the international scene.
Unfortunately for Lambert, England's next game in October should see the return of other England strikers to the fold.
Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and the suspended Danny Welbeck should all be in contention for a starting berth in the next international, leaving Lambert left in limbo over where he stands.
"I understand that there will be more competition," Lambert said.
"Obviously 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."
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