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Lambert: I'm in a shoot-out with Carroll for World Cup spot
The Saints striker has staked his claim for a place in the England squad to travel to Brazil with two goals in his first three international appearances.
He found himself as an unused sub in the last two friendlies but with Roy Hodgson likely to take a target man striker to Rio, Lambert remains in with a good shout.
Many pundits believe that it will ultimately be either Lambert or Carroll, who is yet to play this season but is scheduled to return from injury for West Ham later this month, who make the plane.
It’s a scenario Lambert admits could be a reality.
“It might be. I’m not going to lie, that’s one of the major possibilities,” he said.
“I’ve just got to concentrate on my game.
“Andy is going to be back from injury I think and raring to go and he will be focussing on his part and trying to do well for West Ham.
“Then it’s up to Roy Hodgson to make his decision.”
Lambert insists he knows what he has to do to push himself to the forefront of Hodgson’s plans, and it just so happens to work out very nicely for Saints.
“I know I need to do well and score goals for Southampton,” he admitted.
“That will be starting today if I play against Stoke and I will try and do well and score a goal and that’s all I’m focussed on at the moment.
“I’m not going to be getting pressured by thinking I’ve got to do well to get to the World Cup.
“If I get to the World Cup it will be the highlight of my career but three months ago I hadn’t even had a cap for England.
“If I don’t get another cap I’ll be happy. It’s been unbelievable to play for England and score a goal and I’ll always treasure that.
“I won’t be thinking ‘what if’ because what if I didn’t have a cap?
“I’ll be happy instead of bitter.”
Lambert confessed his life has changed since his England exploits but believes it won’t have an effect on him as a person.
“It has (changed),” he said. “Everyone recognises me whereas before England only people in Southampton really recognised me so it has changed in that way.
“I’m too old for it to change me as a person now.
“It’s happened to me at a good time.
“I think if it had happened to me when I was younger it might have affected me. I was a different person back then.
“Now I am too set in my ways to get changed now.”
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