Lambert: I understand my role

Rickie Lambert knows he is behind others in the England pecking order but will not be kicking up a stink.

Last Updated: 06/06/14 at 23:56 Post Comment

Rickie Lambert: Knows he must earn his chance

Rickie Lambert: Knows he must earn his chance

Rickie Lambert knows he is behind others in the England pecking order but will not be kicking up a stink, pledging to fulfil any role he is given by Roy Hodgson to the best of his ability.

The 32-year-old's rise up the leagues had been as well documented as it has been remarkable.

Lambert has fought rejection and the odds, with his fairytale journey taking another turn this week as he secured a dream move to boyhood club Liverpool.

The striker completed the transfer before jetting off with England for their pre-World Cup preparations in Miami.

Lambert has barely stopped smiling since landing in Florida and, like with Liverpool next season, promised to do whatever is asked of him without fuss.

"As a team, there are no agendas," he said.

"We are all doing a job for the gaffer and whatever role you have in that team, that's what it is. I'm completely happy with that and I think everyone else is as well.

"No matter how I end up playing, I'm just trying to give my best and, if it's from the bench, if I do get my chance and come on then I know I've got to do well.

"Obviously every minute counts from now and through the World Cup, and I understand my role."

Lambert highlighted his importance to the squad with his goal in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Ecuador at Sun Life Stadium.

That was the former Southampton frontman's third strike in five international appearances - giving him a better scoring record than the likes of former England captain Gary Lineker, who netted 48 times for his country.

Lambert laughed when told of that statistic - "Say that to me again in 50 games' time" - and is just happy to be impressing for England.

"It's the best feeling in the world to score for your country," he said. "It was a pretty decent strike as well, so it was nice to see it find the back of the net.

"I'm desperate to do well. I'm a striker and any chance I get I want to score it.

"I didn't quite score the first one. I don't know what happened but thank God Wayne (Rooney) was there to put it in. But I took the second chance and I was made up."


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