The KC Stadium

Next Game

Hull City v Newcastle

Saturday, 31 January 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

St James' Park, Newcastle

Last Game

Newcastle 1 - 2 So'ton

Saturday, 17 January 2015, 17:30

Barclays Prem

Lambert's World Cup ambitions

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert has vowed to fight for a place in England's World Cup squad but admits there would be no bitterness should he not make the plane.

Last Updated: 02/11/13 at 12:45 Post Comment

Rickie Lambert: Ready to fight for a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad

Rickie Lambert: Ready to fight for a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Lambert made a dream debut in an England jersey when he scored with his first touch against Scotland in August.

The 31-year-old also netted in England's qualifying win over Moldova but understands he has a lot of work to do if he is to book a ticket to Brazil next summer.

With the World Cup just seven months away, Lambert is eager to prove his worth in the Premier League, knowing there is stiff competition up front, including from West Ham United's Andy Carroll.

"I know how hard it will be," he told the Daily Mirror. "It is something I will be fighting for and I know I have to do well for Southampton.

"I know I need to score goals but even that might not be enough to get me the nod. It might be a shoot-out between me and Andy Carroll.

"I'm not going to lie - I think that is one of the major possibilities. I will focus on my game and, when Andy is back from injury, he will be raring to go as well. So it's up to Roy Hodgson to make his decision."

Treasure

Lambert, who moved to St Mary's from Bristol Rovers in 2009, has played a pivotal role in Southampton's rise from League One to the top flight and is honoured to have the chance to represent his country.

"If I get to go to the World Cup it would be the highlight of my career but three months ago I never even had a cap," he added.

"If I don't get another cap I will be happy. I will not be bitter.

"It was a dream come true to play and score a goal for England and I will always treasure that."

Meanwhile, on the domestic front, Southampton are unbeaten in six Premier League games, promoting them to fifth in the standings with 18 points and Lambert is refusing to rule out European qualification.

"A few years ago I would have laughed if you had asked me about qualifying for the Champions League," he said.

"But with what has happened, I'm not going to rule anything out. I don't see why we can't achieve that."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

O

ne of the conclusions from this list is that Man City should never buy a striker in January - good luck Wilfried Bony....

Savinator
F365's Top Ten Worst January Panic Buys

I

was there, it was embarrassing - the team looked totally unbalanced from the off, the defence was woeful and when Mikel came off injured it got even worse with nobody in front of them. Up front on several occasions we had opportunities and nobody would shoot - it was a complete farse! On the back of Salah's performance I'm glad there is talk of getting shot...

Fly1ngh1gh
Cup defeat shames Mourinho

G

reat to see Tommy Rosicky getting some love. A wonderful player. Such a pity we lost so long to injury. I was so excited when we signed him, this resurgence only makes the absences seem more of a lost opportunity.

cheshire-gooner
16 Conclusions: FA Cup Fourth Round Weekend

Footer 365

Three Bears consortium criticise Rangers board over Mike Ashley loan

The Three Bears consortium have criticised Rangers' decision to shun their offer in favour of Sports Direct's £10m loan.

Transfer news: Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko happy at the club

Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko is happy to stay at the club, despite rumours he is a target for Arsenal.

Transfer news: Samuel Eto'o leaves Everton for Sampdoria on free transfer

Samuel Eto'o has completed his free transfer from Everton to Sampdoria on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company