Saints and England striker Rickie Lambert is desperate to prove his worth ahead of the World Cup

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

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Rickie Lambert has two months left to prove his World Cup worth – and he is determined to do just that.

The Saints striker has been in the England squad all season and could win his fifth cap tomorrow, in the friendly against Denmark.

However, Lambert knows he is still not established enough to be certain of earning a dream ticket to Brazil this summer.

“Obviously, I still understand it’s nowhere near secured,” he said.

“I’ve got two months to try and prove my place, and it’s as simple as that.

“I’ve always said if I don’t make it I’m going to be grateful that I got my chance, and that’s still the case now.

“I’m obviously desperate to go, and now I’ve got two months to prove that I’m good enough to go, so that’s all I’m trying to focus on.”

Tomorrow night’s encounter at Wembley represents England’s final match before the squad for the World Cup is announced, on May 13.

Lambert’s main rival for a place has always looked like being West Ham’s Andy Carroll.

Having hardly played all season, he was not chosen by Hodgson for this week’s game, but the England boss did insist the door was still open for him.

If it is indeed a straight shootout between the two of them, though, then it appears to be Lambert’s place to lose.

But the Saints striker feels it is vital he impresses Hodgson in person this week.

“Obviously, I understand that I’ve got to do well,” he said.

“I’ve got to do well in every training session, any minutes I get. I understand that – it’s fine.

“I relish that, to be honest, and that’s what I’ll be looking forward to.

“It’s going to be great, it’s going to be enjoyable. I’m just gutted that we’re going into it after a defeat like that (against Liverpool).”

Lambert has been joined on England duty this week by three of his teammates – Adam Lallana, Jay Rodriguez and Luke Shaw.

The latter is in line for his debut, and Lambert could not be happier for the 18-year-old left-back, who is 14 years his junior.

“I’m made up, I’m absolutely over the moon, for the club, and for Luke especially,” he said.

“I think he’s had a terrific season and it’s fully deserved.

“I think throughout the game (against Liverpool) he looked strong. First half he was putting in some great balls and we should have done better with them.

“Whoever he’s playing against, whether it’s the best right-back in the world, or the best right winger, he’ll play his own game and he’s confident that he can compete against the best, and (his display against Liverpool) just goes to show again that he can.”

Lambert certainly has no fear of Shaw being overawed if he is handed his first cap tomorrow.

“Absolutely not,” he said. “I think his mental strength is one of his main strengths.

“The way he’s handled coming into Southampton, it hasn’t bothered him whatsoever. It’s frightening.

“Not just him, but all of the kids at Southampton. The way they’re prepared, it’s in them now. It’s full credit to them and the club.”

Lambert knows what it feels like to be venturing into the England camp for the first time, and he says he will be on hand to issue any advice if needed.

“Obviously, it’s nerve-racking, it’s overwhelming. You have to try and get your nerves in check, because, obviously, the only importance is the game and doing well,” he said.

“It is hard at first, but I’ll be here to help the lads, Jay and Adz and Luke, but I’m sure they’ll be fine.”

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8:39am Tue 4 Mar 14

only1chopper says...

Well, it's hurts me to say this, but you really need to start finding the back of the net. Maybe a goal if you come on tomorrow night will give you that extra confidence boost to help cement your place to Brazil and to give saints an edge for the last 10 games. Don't get me wrong, SRL has been phenomenal for us and will continue to be, but goals win games and we haven't scored many recently. I want to see as many saints players on that plane to Brazil, but first and foremost, I want to see us upping our game in the final third and getting as far up the table as possible.
Well, it's hurts me to say this, but you really need to start finding the back of the net. Maybe a goal if you come on tomorrow night will give you that extra confidence boost to help cement your place to Brazil and to give saints an edge for the last 10 games. Don't get me wrong, SRL has been phenomenal for us and will continue to be, but goals win games and we haven't scored many recently. I want to see as many saints players on that plane to Brazil, but first and foremost, I want to see us upping our game in the final third and getting as far up the table as possible. only1chopper
  • Score: 16

9:45am Tue 4 Mar 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Our "Superstars" should now remember that the best chance they have for International selection is to actually be seen to be getting results for us!
Our "Superstars" should now remember that the best chance they have for International selection is to actually be seen to be getting results for us! OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 6

10:16am Tue 4 Mar 14

Clever Dick says...

only1chopper wrote:
Well, it's hurts me to say this, but you really need to start finding the back of the net. Maybe a goal if you come on tomorrow night will give you that extra confidence boost to help cement your place to Brazil and to give saints an edge for the last 10 games. Don't get me wrong, SRL has been phenomenal for us and will continue to be, but goals win games and we haven't scored many recently. I want to see as many saints players on that plane to Brazil, but first and foremost, I want to see us upping our game in the final third and getting as far up the table as possible.
I agree. SRL has been a fantastic talisman for us but he simply ain't getting enough goals from open play to be regarded as world class. Nothing less than a great performanc for England and some goals in the league will see him make Brazil. That applies to JRod too. I think Adam will make it and probably Luke too.
[quote][p][bold]only1chopper[/bold] wrote: Well, it's hurts me to say this, but you really need to start finding the back of the net. Maybe a goal if you come on tomorrow night will give you that extra confidence boost to help cement your place to Brazil and to give saints an edge for the last 10 games. Don't get me wrong, SRL has been phenomenal for us and will continue to be, but goals win games and we haven't scored many recently. I want to see as many saints players on that plane to Brazil, but first and foremost, I want to see us upping our game in the final third and getting as far up the table as possible.[/p][/quote]I agree. SRL has been a fantastic talisman for us but he simply ain't getting enough goals from open play to be regarded as world class. Nothing less than a great performanc for England and some goals in the league will see him make Brazil. That applies to JRod too. I think Adam will make it and probably Luke too. Clever Dick
  • Score: 12

10:34am Tue 4 Mar 14

saint christopher says...

Clever Dick wrote:
only1chopper wrote:
Well, it's hurts me to say this, but you really need to start finding the back of the net. Maybe a goal if you come on tomorrow night will give you that extra confidence boost to help cement your place to Brazil and to give saints an edge for the last 10 games. Don't get me wrong, SRL has been phenomenal for us and will continue to be, but goals win games and we haven't scored many recently. I want to see as many saints players on that plane to Brazil, but first and foremost, I want to see us upping our game in the final third and getting as far up the table as possible.
I agree. SRL has been a fantastic talisman for us but he simply ain't getting enough goals from open play to be regarded as world class. Nothing less than a great performanc for England and some goals in the league will see him make Brazil. That applies to JRod too. I think Adam will make it and probably Luke too.
It's great RL and J Rod are in contention but I think even the most ardent Saints fan would acknowledge they're both a bit fortunate to be picked - JR has potential which is yet to be fully realised and RL has I think reached the stage where, although the spirit is willing, the flesh is probably only up to one more year at Premier League level (and even that will increasingly be for half matches only).

Having said that the WC is a one-of. and I'd love them both to be there flying the flag for our little 'ol club on theSouth Coast and puting us more and more on the world stage. It could be the making of JR especially.
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only1chopper[/bold] wrote: Well, it's hurts me to say this, but you really need to start finding the back of the net. Maybe a goal if you come on tomorrow night will give you that extra confidence boost to help cement your place to Brazil and to give saints an edge for the last 10 games. Don't get me wrong, SRL has been phenomenal for us and will continue to be, but goals win games and we haven't scored many recently. I want to see as many saints players on that plane to Brazil, but first and foremost, I want to see us upping our game in the final third and getting as far up the table as possible.[/p][/quote]I agree. SRL has been a fantastic talisman for us but he simply ain't getting enough goals from open play to be regarded as world class. Nothing less than a great performanc for England and some goals in the league will see him make Brazil. That applies to JRod too. I think Adam will make it and probably Luke too.[/p][/quote]It's great RL and J Rod are in contention but I think even the most ardent Saints fan would acknowledge they're both a bit fortunate to be picked - JR has potential which is yet to be fully realised and RL has I think reached the stage where, although the spirit is willing, the flesh is probably only up to one more year at Premier League level (and even that will increasingly be for half matches only). Having said that the WC is a one-of. and I'd love them both to be there flying the flag for our little 'ol club on theSouth Coast and puting us more and more on the world stage. It could be the making of JR especially. saint christopher
  • Score: 5

10:35am Tue 4 Mar 14

Poole Tom says...

In recent games MoPo has maintained that we have been unlucky for one reason or another given the amount of possession we`ve had and the number of chances that we`ve created. However we all know football is about goals and we simply have`nt been scoring enough.That`s why Rickie and J Rod in particular need to start finding the net much more regularly between now and the end of the season, starting from Wednesday night if they get the chance.
In recent games MoPo has maintained that we have been unlucky for one reason or another given the amount of possession we`ve had and the number of chances that we`ve created. However we all know football is about goals and we simply have`nt been scoring enough.That`s why Rickie and J Rod in particular need to start finding the net much more regularly between now and the end of the season, starting from Wednesday night if they get the chance. Poole Tom
  • Score: 9

10:41am Tue 4 Mar 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

Genuinely pleased for the Players after Wembley appearances in both Cups were snatched from them.

Travelling to Palace and concerned that the impact of the England game will have on our Players Legs. They did it in League One - but that League does not have the intensity of the Premiership Games.

WE GO TO PALACE TO WIN - and the sooner we offload the Championship type Players - and combine Youth with Quality signings - then Rotation in the Squad will produce better Results.

Saw an interesting thread about our SUPERB AWAY FANS on the Ugly inside bemoaning the fact that our Home Support is not nearly at good.

SAINTS FANS KNOW THE SCORE - WHERE WE WILL BE AT THE PUBS BEFORE THE GAME - AND THE PASSION REQUIRED TO DROWN OUT PALACE TO DOMINATE AND WIN.

AFTER A DREADFUL FEW WEEKS - WE FIGHT FOR THE 3 POINTS WITH OUR MAGNIFICENT AWAY SUPPORT.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR
Genuinely pleased for the Players after Wembley appearances in both Cups were snatched from them. Travelling to Palace and concerned that the impact of the England game will have on our Players Legs. They did it in League One - but that League does not have the intensity of the Premiership Games. WE GO TO PALACE TO WIN - and the sooner we offload the Championship type Players - and combine Youth with Quality signings - then Rotation in the Squad will produce better Results. Saw an interesting thread about our SUPERB AWAY FANS on the Ugly inside bemoaning the fact that our Home Support is not nearly at good. SAINTS FANS KNOW THE SCORE - WHERE WE WILL BE AT THE PUBS BEFORE THE GAME - AND THE PASSION REQUIRED TO DROWN OUT PALACE TO DOMINATE AND WIN. AFTER A DREADFUL FEW WEEKS - WE FIGHT FOR THE 3 POINTS WITH OUR MAGNIFICENT AWAY SUPPORT. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR REDARMYRULETHESOUTH
  • Score: 7

10:48am Tue 4 Mar 14

The Straight Shooter says...

Ok, let's clear this one up, Rickie IS class but not WORLD CLASS. If we are honest, at a World cup a Rickie Lambert could bag a goal, even two, but that wouldn't make him a world class player. Roy should start him coz he"s the best we've got.
Ok, let's clear this one up, Rickie IS class but not WORLD CLASS. If we are honest, at a World cup a Rickie Lambert could bag a goal, even two, but that wouldn't make him a world class player. Roy should start him coz he"s the best we've got. The Straight Shooter
  • Score: 2

11:04am Tue 4 Mar 14

killared says...

@The Straight Shooter

Wrong mate ! Rickie is good certainly not class or world class !. You wrong again the best striker England must start with is Sturridge, Lambert will be an option. People need to remember that Rickie score goals against weak team at international level ! I'm not saying he's a bad striker but I wouldn't start him. I would start Lallana, Shaw that's for sure
@The Straight Shooter Wrong mate ! Rickie is good certainly not class or world class !. You wrong again the best striker England must start with is Sturridge, Lambert will be an option. People need to remember that Rickie score goals against weak team at international level ! I'm not saying he's a bad striker but I wouldn't start him. I would start Lallana, Shaw that's for sure killared
  • Score: -6

11:08am Tue 4 Mar 14

alanrr says...

just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt
just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt alanrr
  • Score: -19

11:28am Tue 4 Mar 14

warrens 76 says...

Watching the Liverpool game once again I was struck by our paucity of taking chances….Ironicall
y SRL, JRod and Adam are all guilty of this and yet have been picked for the England squad…

..many commentators say we need a plan B..we do not, Barcelona do not change their game regardless of who they play, what we need is fierce counter attacks the like of which are being scored against us for fun….

JRod lacks a killer instinct, SRL is being margenalised and Adam is cultured midfielder but again that killer instinct is missing…

Our possession needs fast and powerful finishers, our defense needs radical attention too…

It feels like we have the body of a team but no arms and legs…so regardless of being picked for England our teams own issues still exist.
Watching the Liverpool game once again I was struck by our paucity of taking chances….Ironicall y SRL, JRod and Adam are all guilty of this and yet have been picked for the England squad… ..many commentators say we need a plan B..we do not, Barcelona do not change their game regardless of who they play, what we need is fierce counter attacks the like of which are being scored against us for fun…. JRod lacks a killer instinct, SRL is being margenalised and Adam is cultured midfielder but again that killer instinct is missing… Our possession needs fast and powerful finishers, our defense needs radical attention too… It feels like we have the body of a team but no arms and legs…so regardless of being picked for England our teams own issues still exist. warrens 76
  • Score: 8

11:29am Tue 4 Mar 14

The Straight Shooter says...

killared wrote:
@The Straight Shooter

Wrong mate ! Rickie is good certainly not class or world class !. You wrong again the best striker England must start with is Sturridge, Lambert will be an option. People need to remember that Rickie score goals against weak team at international level ! I'm not saying he's a bad striker but I wouldn't start him. I would start Lallana, Shaw that's for sure
Sturridge is class but I bet you he'll be a flop on the the biggest stage there is. He'll be another Ashley Young or Danny Wellbeck. I reckon good old Rickie will deliver with the talent he's got. I take your point about the opposition he scored against at international level, which is why he wouldn't be as effective against your cream de le great teams. You're wrong about him not being class, harsh stuff that.
[quote][p][bold]killared[/bold] wrote: @The Straight Shooter Wrong mate ! Rickie is good certainly not class or world class !. You wrong again the best striker England must start with is Sturridge, Lambert will be an option. People need to remember that Rickie score goals against weak team at international level ! I'm not saying he's a bad striker but I wouldn't start him. I would start Lallana, Shaw that's for sure[/p][/quote]Sturridge is class but I bet you he'll be a flop on the the biggest stage there is. He'll be another Ashley Young or Danny Wellbeck. I reckon good old Rickie will deliver with the talent he's got. I take your point about the opposition he scored against at international level, which is why he wouldn't be as effective against your cream de le great teams. You're wrong about him not being class, harsh stuff that. The Straight Shooter
  • Score: 7

12:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mush On The Beach says...

The Straight Shooter wrote:
Ok, let's clear this one up, Rickie IS class but not WORLD CLASS. If we are honest, at a World cup a Rickie Lambert could bag a goal, even two, but that wouldn't make him a world class player. Roy should start him coz he"s the best we've got.
I don’t think too many teams at the comp will be laced with world class players. In our group, England - Rooney (potentially but yet to be seen on a world stage), Italy – Pirlo, De Rossi, Osvaldo :), Uruguay – Suarez, Cavani?, Costa Rica – none.
I don’t see Rickie starting in the energy sapping humidity of Manaus against Italy where younger legs will be needed. Next up Uruguay in more southerly Sao Paulo, guaranteed to rain so start him and allow him to use his presence. Hopefully 4 points by the time we get to slightly humid Belo Horizonte near Rio where he will be on the bench again and called on if required to show his class.
[quote][p][bold]The Straight Shooter[/bold] wrote: Ok, let's clear this one up, Rickie IS class but not WORLD CLASS. If we are honest, at a World cup a Rickie Lambert could bag a goal, even two, but that wouldn't make him a world class player. Roy should start him coz he"s the best we've got.[/p][/quote]I don’t think too many teams at the comp will be laced with world class players. In our group, England - Rooney (potentially but yet to be seen on a world stage), Italy – Pirlo, De Rossi, Osvaldo :), Uruguay – Suarez, Cavani?, Costa Rica – none. I don’t see Rickie starting in the energy sapping humidity of Manaus against Italy where younger legs will be needed. Next up Uruguay in more southerly Sao Paulo, guaranteed to rain so start him and allow him to use his presence. Hopefully 4 points by the time we get to slightly humid Belo Horizonte near Rio where he will be on the bench again and called on if required to show his class. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 4

12:28pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mush On The Beach says...

alanrr wrote:
just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt
Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.
[quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 5

12:36pm Tue 4 Mar 14

killared says...

@Mush On The Beach

Saying that England might 4 points is just not realistic ! Just say 1 point will do us.Uruguay and Italy will bury England easily and Costa Rica are underdog and have nothing to lose and will go all out against England and the Brazilian will roots for them so I don't see them losing that one.
@Mush On The Beach Saying that England might 4 points is just not realistic ! Just say 1 point will do us.Uruguay and Italy will bury England easily and Costa Rica are underdog and have nothing to lose and will go all out against England and the Brazilian will roots for them so I don't see them losing that one. killared
  • Score: -6

1:06pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mush On The Beach says...

killared wrote:
@Mush On The Beach

Saying that England might 4 points is just not realistic ! Just say 1 point will do us.Uruguay and Italy will bury England easily and Costa Rica are underdog and have nothing to lose and will go all out against England and the Brazilian will roots for them so I don't see them losing that one.
Time will tell Killared. Uruguay are not the force they were 4 years ago and they only qualified from the South American league in 5th below Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador after ousting Jordan in a prelim knockout. If Brazil weren’t hosting they wouldn’t be there. I’m not bigging up England that would be ridiculous, just giving you my assessment of the group.
[quote][p][bold]killared[/bold] wrote: @Mush On The Beach Saying that England might 4 points is just not realistic ! Just say 1 point will do us.Uruguay and Italy will bury England easily and Costa Rica are underdog and have nothing to lose and will go all out against England and the Brazilian will roots for them so I don't see them losing that one.[/p][/quote]Time will tell Killared. Uruguay are not the force they were 4 years ago and they only qualified from the South American league in 5th below Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Ecuador after ousting Jordan in a prelim knockout. If Brazil weren’t hosting they wouldn’t be there. I’m not bigging up England that would be ridiculous, just giving you my assessment of the group. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: 2

1:27pm Tue 4 Mar 14

alanrr says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
alanrr wrote:
just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt
Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.
it seems as others agree with you as I'm getting thumbs down......but still have to say his goals for his country stack up against rooneys', who may have scored more now but hadn't after the same number of internationals.....h
e's only 26 and maybe not had a fair crack at arsenal .............or is it me rambling but then I am 64 you know lol
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.[/p][/quote]it seems as others agree with you as I'm getting thumbs down......but still have to say his goals for his country stack up against rooneys', who may have scored more now but hadn't after the same number of internationals.....h e's only 26 and maybe not had a fair crack at arsenal .............or is it me rambling but then I am 64 you know lol alanrr
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Tue 4 Mar 14

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH says...

The Straight Shooter wrote:
killared wrote:
@The Straight Shooter

Wrong mate ! Rickie is good certainly not class or world class !. You wrong again the best striker England must start with is Sturridge, Lambert will be an option. People need to remember that Rickie score goals against weak team at international level ! I'm not saying he's a bad striker but I wouldn't start him. I would start Lallana, Shaw that's for sure
Sturridge is class but I bet you he'll be a flop on the the biggest stage there is. He'll be another Ashley Young or Danny Wellbeck. I reckon good old Rickie will deliver with the talent he's got. I take your point about the opposition he scored against at international level, which is why he wouldn't be as effective against your cream de le great teams. You're wrong about him not being class, harsh stuff that.
I LIKE RICKIE. He has the enthusiasm of a Youngster - can slot away Penalties (and England are not good at that) and can strike a dead ball and score goals with his head.

He needs GOOD SERVICE and maybe with England he will get chances to STRIKE AND SCORE.

A GOOD DAY TO BE A SAINTS SUPPORTER WITH ALL THOSE NAMES IN THE NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON - WE'RE OFF TO BRAZIL. COYR
[quote][p][bold]The Straight Shooter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]killared[/bold] wrote: @The Straight Shooter Wrong mate ! Rickie is good certainly not class or world class !. You wrong again the best striker England must start with is Sturridge, Lambert will be an option. People need to remember that Rickie score goals against weak team at international level ! I'm not saying he's a bad striker but I wouldn't start him. I would start Lallana, Shaw that's for sure[/p][/quote]Sturridge is class but I bet you he'll be a flop on the the biggest stage there is. He'll be another Ashley Young or Danny Wellbeck. I reckon good old Rickie will deliver with the talent he's got. I take your point about the opposition he scored against at international level, which is why he wouldn't be as effective against your cream de le great teams. You're wrong about him not being class, harsh stuff that.[/p][/quote]I LIKE RICKIE. He has the enthusiasm of a Youngster - can slot away Penalties (and England are not good at that) and can strike a dead ball and score goals with his head. He needs GOOD SERVICE and maybe with England he will get chances to STRIKE AND SCORE. A GOOD DAY TO BE A SAINTS SUPPORTER WITH ALL THOSE NAMES IN THE NATIONAL TEAM SQUAD. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON - WE'RE OFF TO BRAZIL. COYR REDARMYRULETHESOUTH
  • Score: 13

2:16pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Cincinnati says...

A few more goals in the weeks ahead along with some outstanding performances at the club level would help his chances greatly. If he is selected on his performances to date this season some could say that he is getting in via the 'back door '. He is a great guy. Hopefully he can up his game.
A few more goals in the weeks ahead along with some outstanding performances at the club level would help his chances greatly. If he is selected on his performances to date this season some could say that he is getting in via the 'back door '. He is a great guy. Hopefully he can up his game. Cincinnati
  • Score: 2

2:35pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Mush On The Beach says...

alanrr wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
alanrr wrote:
just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt
Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.
it seems as others agree with you as I'm getting thumbs down......but still have to say his goals for his country stack up against rooneys', who may have scored more now but hadn't after the same number of internationals.....h

e's only 26 and maybe not had a fair crack at arsenal .............or is it me rambling but then I am 64 you know lol
You stick by your guns if that is what you believe. To be honest I was judging him more on the form at Arsenal and he has not taken his chance on the opportunities he was offered.
Don’t ever apologise for the ramblings of a 64 year old, you are just a spring chicken compared to some on here. Have you read the ramblings from some of our more senior citizens like Hedge End Bob, OspreySaint/BabaBooe
y?, Seedhouse, Baddersley Bill, Strassie, George Chivers and the rest of the senile Red Army. Their ilk are positively wobbling on their zimmers but they still contribute the occasional gem.
[quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.[/p][/quote]it seems as others agree with you as I'm getting thumbs down......but still have to say his goals for his country stack up against rooneys', who may have scored more now but hadn't after the same number of internationals.....h e's only 26 and maybe not had a fair crack at arsenal .............or is it me rambling but then I am 64 you know lol[/p][/quote]You stick by your guns if that is what you believe. To be honest I was judging him more on the form at Arsenal and he has not taken his chance on the opportunities he was offered. Don’t ever apologise for the ramblings of a 64 year old, you are just a spring chicken compared to some on here. Have you read the ramblings from some of our more senior citizens like Hedge End Bob, OspreySaint/BabaBooe y?, Seedhouse, Baddersley Bill, Strassie, George Chivers and the rest of the senile Red Army. Their ilk are positively wobbling on their zimmers but they still contribute the occasional gem. Mush On The Beach
  • Score: -2

2:51pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Costa Baz says...

killared wrote:
@The Straight Shooter Wrong mate ! Rickie is good certainly not class or world class !. You wrong again the best striker England must start with is Sturridge, Lambert will be an option. People need to remember that Rickie score goals against weak team at international level ! I'm not saying he's a bad striker but I wouldn't start him. I would start Lallana, Shaw that's for sure
I agree, based on league form, Sturridge should start for England, but it is time he brought his league form to International football.
In previous appearances, he has seemed to struggle, not doing too well, in the games he's played in, but that may be due to playing alongside Rooney, who I feel overawes some players. Sturridge has 2 goals from 9 appearances, against Rickie's 2 from 4.
[quote][p][bold]killared[/bold] wrote: @The Straight Shooter Wrong mate ! Rickie is good certainly not class or world class !. You wrong again the best striker England must start with is Sturridge, Lambert will be an option. People need to remember that Rickie score goals against weak team at international level ! I'm not saying he's a bad striker but I wouldn't start him. I would start Lallana, Shaw that's for sure[/p][/quote]I agree, based on league form, Sturridge should start for England, but it is time he brought his league form to International football. In previous appearances, he has seemed to struggle, not doing too well, in the games he's played in, but that may be due to playing alongside Rooney, who I feel overawes some players. Sturridge has 2 goals from 9 appearances, against Rickie's 2 from 4. Costa Baz
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Tue 4 Mar 14

SFCOLDBOY says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
alanrr wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
alanrr wrote:
just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt
Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.
it seems as others agree with you as I'm getting thumbs down......but still have to say his goals for his country stack up against rooneys', who may have scored more now but hadn't after the same number of internationals.....h


e's only 26 and maybe not had a fair crack at arsenal .............or is it me rambling but then I am 64 you know lol
You stick by your guns if that is what you believe. To be honest I was judging him more on the form at Arsenal and he has not taken his chance on the opportunities he was offered.
Don’t ever apologise for the ramblings of a 64 year old, you are just a spring chicken compared to some on here. Have you read the ramblings from some of our more senior citizens like Hedge End Bob, OspreySaint/BabaBooe

y?, Seedhouse, Baddersley Bill, Strassie, George Chivers and the rest of the senile Red Army. Their ilk are positively wobbling on their zimmers but they still contribute the occasional gem.
Glad you didn't mention me.---------------
What was it i've just said?
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.[/p][/quote]it seems as others agree with you as I'm getting thumbs down......but still have to say his goals for his country stack up against rooneys', who may have scored more now but hadn't after the same number of internationals.....h e's only 26 and maybe not had a fair crack at arsenal .............or is it me rambling but then I am 64 you know lol[/p][/quote]You stick by your guns if that is what you believe. To be honest I was judging him more on the form at Arsenal and he has not taken his chance on the opportunities he was offered. Don’t ever apologise for the ramblings of a 64 year old, you are just a spring chicken compared to some on here. Have you read the ramblings from some of our more senior citizens like Hedge End Bob, OspreySaint/BabaBooe y?, Seedhouse, Baddersley Bill, Strassie, George Chivers and the rest of the senile Red Army. Their ilk are positively wobbling on their zimmers but they still contribute the occasional gem.[/p][/quote]Glad you didn't mention me.--------------- What was it i've just said? SFCOLDBOY
  • Score: 1

3:20pm Tue 4 Mar 14

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire says...

We are forgetting Rickie's prime asset is his ability to pick a pass and open up defenses. He scores a lot and so people pigeon-hole him as a an out and out target man but his game is so much more
Of the 4 current Saints contenders, I would still put him top of my list (just, as Adam is flipping great)
We are forgetting Rickie's prime asset is his ability to pick a pass and open up defenses. He scores a lot and so people pigeon-hole him as a an out and out target man but his game is so much more Of the 4 current Saints contenders, I would still put him top of my list (just, as Adam is flipping great) There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire
  • Score: 1

4:13pm Tue 4 Mar 14

The Inbetweener says...

Cincinnati wrote:
A few more goals in the weeks ahead along with some outstanding performances at the club level would help his chances greatly. If he is selected on his performances to date this season some could say that he is getting in via the 'back door '. He is a great guy. Hopefully he can up his game.
I agree with your comment about getting in via the 'back door', but SRL has showed Roy he can offer so much more than just being a target man. Roy was at the Fulham game to see SRL deliver the most sublime ball to J-Rod which Kammy referred to as the pass of the weekend at the time. Roy will remember the balls Rickie put through for Wellbeck in the last England game, he can take a penalty, free kicks and scores when he gets the service. Unless Donkey Carroll goes on an outstanding run of form to oust Rickie I think he will be on the plane. Roy has recognised the Andy Carroll is too much of a liability, he has been injured and when he did eventually get back for WetSpam he left himself and his teammates down by getting sent off because he is an idiot.
Sturridge performs for Liverpool because, player of the season Suarez lays the chances on a plate for him, whereas Rooney doesn't.
Adam will be on the plane, but I think this World Cup could be abit too soon for Luke, as much as I would like him to go for the experience I personally feel he is still behind Cole and Baines defensively.
RedNWhite, what Pub at Palace is being used by the RednWhite Army?
[quote][p][bold]Cincinnati[/bold] wrote: A few more goals in the weeks ahead along with some outstanding performances at the club level would help his chances greatly. If he is selected on his performances to date this season some could say that he is getting in via the 'back door '. He is a great guy. Hopefully he can up his game.[/p][/quote]I agree with your comment about getting in via the 'back door', but SRL has showed Roy he can offer so much more than just being a target man. Roy was at the Fulham game to see SRL deliver the most sublime ball to J-Rod which Kammy referred to as the pass of the weekend at the time. Roy will remember the balls Rickie put through for Wellbeck in the last England game, he can take a penalty, free kicks and scores when he gets the service. Unless Donkey Carroll goes on an outstanding run of form to oust Rickie I think he will be on the plane. Roy has recognised the Andy Carroll is too much of a liability, he has been injured and when he did eventually get back for WetSpam he left himself and his teammates down by getting sent off because he is an idiot. Sturridge performs for Liverpool because, player of the season Suarez lays the chances on a plate for him, whereas Rooney doesn't. Adam will be on the plane, but I think this World Cup could be abit too soon for Luke, as much as I would like him to go for the experience I personally feel he is still behind Cole and Baines defensively. RedNWhite, what Pub at Palace is being used by the RednWhite Army? The Inbetweener
  • Score: 0

5:15pm Tue 4 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire wrote:
We are forgetting Rickie's prime asset is his ability to pick a pass and open up defenses. He scores a lot and so people pigeon-hole him as a an out and out target man but his game is so much more
Of the 4 current Saints contenders, I would still put him top of my list (just, as Adam is flipping great)
You obviously haven't voted in the poll yet then - he's currently standing at a mighty 0% alongside J-Rod!

To be honest, although clearly Adam is the most likely to go, both Luke and Rickie can make the squad if they are sensational in their league form from now until the end of the season.

Basically it's Rickie vs Carroll with Carroll probably currently having the edge in Roy's eyes due to his goal in the Euros and age.

And it's Luke verses Cole's experience/contribut
ion to the qualifying campaign.

In both cases, I believe both Saints players need to make it impossible for Roy to leave them out but if Luke doesn't go, I think he'll realise it is nothing to do with his quality and I'm sure Roy will make it clear he sees him as the future.

You'd imagine this will be Rickie's last match to impress in though, because it's clearly the World Cup or bust for him I think.

He's level headed and humble enough to realise that it won't be a disaster or snub if he doesn't make it, but wouldn't it be amazing if he did.

Roy does have to think of the conditions though, because clearly he has a lot of players already (Rooney and Gerrard in particular) who are likely to be struggling after 15 minutes in the heat in the north of Brazil, so he does need players with energy, which may count against the likes of Rickie, Lampard and Cole and for Luke and Adam.
[quote][p][bold]There's only one 'H' in 'Ampshire[/bold] wrote: We are forgetting Rickie's prime asset is his ability to pick a pass and open up defenses. He scores a lot and so people pigeon-hole him as a an out and out target man but his game is so much more Of the 4 current Saints contenders, I would still put him top of my list (just, as Adam is flipping great)[/p][/quote]You obviously haven't voted in the poll yet then - he's currently standing at a mighty 0% alongside J-Rod! To be honest, although clearly Adam is the most likely to go, both Luke and Rickie can make the squad if they are sensational in their league form from now until the end of the season. Basically it's Rickie vs Carroll with Carroll probably currently having the edge in Roy's eyes due to his goal in the Euros and age. And it's Luke verses Cole's experience/contribut ion to the qualifying campaign. In both cases, I believe both Saints players need to make it impossible for Roy to leave them out but if Luke doesn't go, I think he'll realise it is nothing to do with his quality and I'm sure Roy will make it clear he sees him as the future. You'd imagine this will be Rickie's last match to impress in though, because it's clearly the World Cup or bust for him I think. He's level headed and humble enough to realise that it won't be a disaster or snub if he doesn't make it, but wouldn't it be amazing if he did. Roy does have to think of the conditions though, because clearly he has a lot of players already (Rooney and Gerrard in particular) who are likely to be struggling after 15 minutes in the heat in the north of Brazil, so he does need players with energy, which may count against the likes of Rickie, Lampard and Cole and for Luke and Adam. SaintJD
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Tue 4 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
Our "Superstars" should now remember that the best chance they have for International selection is to actually be seen to be getting results for us!
I take your point Osprey, but I hope we don't start getting on the back of players suggesting they are more interested in England than us.

Let's enjoy their success and revel in it rather than thinking they might get too big for their boots or distracted.

I'd say the England lads have far from let their foot off the gas. Problem is that, with our pressing game, it only takes one or two to lower the intensity and you're struggling.

I do expect us to continue to have a lull due to the position we are in in the league (ie a long way between us and the teams above and below), but our dip in form, as it was over Christmas, is more due to the loss of a key player who is just coming back to fitness than any lack of effort (plus we tend to struggle against the hoofers and got undone by world class clinical striking vs Liverpool).
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: Our "Superstars" should now remember that the best chance they have for International selection is to actually be seen to be getting results for us![/p][/quote]I take your point Osprey, but I hope we don't start getting on the back of players suggesting they are more interested in England than us. Let's enjoy their success and revel in it rather than thinking they might get too big for their boots or distracted. I'd say the England lads have far from let their foot off the gas. Problem is that, with our pressing game, it only takes one or two to lower the intensity and you're struggling. I do expect us to continue to have a lull due to the position we are in in the league (ie a long way between us and the teams above and below), but our dip in form, as it was over Christmas, is more due to the loss of a key player who is just coming back to fitness than any lack of effort (plus we tend to struggle against the hoofers and got undone by world class clinical striking vs Liverpool). SaintJD
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Baddesley Bill says...

Mush On The Beach wrote:
alanrr wrote:
Mush On The Beach wrote:
alanrr wrote:
just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt
Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.
it seems as others agree with you as I'm getting thumbs down......but still have to say his goals for his country stack up against rooneys', who may have scored more now but hadn't after the same number of internationals.....h


e's only 26 and maybe not had a fair crack at arsenal .............or is it me rambling but then I am 64 you know lol
You stick by your guns if that is what you believe. To be honest I was judging him more on the form at Arsenal and he has not taken his chance on the opportunities he was offered.
Don’t ever apologise for the ramblings of a 64 year old, you are just a spring chicken compared to some on here. Have you read the ramblings from some of our more senior citizens like Hedge End Bob, OspreySaint/BabaBooe

y?, Seedhouse, Baddersley Bill, Strassie, George Chivers and the rest of the senile Red Army. Their ilk are positively wobbling on their zimmers but they still contribute the occasional gem.
Flippin cheek...I'm only 48. I think...
[quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mush On The Beach[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]alanrr[/bold] wrote: just been reading Bendter wants out if not picked more often for Arsenal....can we afford him (wages not transfer fee)......got to be worth a punt[/p][/quote]Never bet on a 3-legged horse alanrr.[/p][/quote]it seems as others agree with you as I'm getting thumbs down......but still have to say his goals for his country stack up against rooneys', who may have scored more now but hadn't after the same number of internationals.....h e's only 26 and maybe not had a fair crack at arsenal .............or is it me rambling but then I am 64 you know lol[/p][/quote]You stick by your guns if that is what you believe. To be honest I was judging him more on the form at Arsenal and he has not taken his chance on the opportunities he was offered. Don’t ever apologise for the ramblings of a 64 year old, you are just a spring chicken compared to some on here. Have you read the ramblings from some of our more senior citizens like Hedge End Bob, OspreySaint/BabaBooe y?, Seedhouse, Baddersley Bill, Strassie, George Chivers and the rest of the senile Red Army. Their ilk are positively wobbling on their zimmers but they still contribute the occasional gem.[/p][/quote]Flippin cheek...I'm only 48. I think... Baddesley Bill
  • Score: 0

8:34pm Tue 4 Mar 14

David Crook says...

No need to prove you are world class Ricki,you are.
No need to prove you are world class Ricki,you are. David Crook
  • Score: 1

10:08pm Tue 4 Mar 14

SwedeSaint says...

REDARMYRULETHESOUTH wrote:
Genuinely pleased for the Players after Wembley appearances in both Cups were snatched from them.

Travelling to Palace and concerned that the impact of the England game will have on our Players Legs. They did it in League One - but that League does not have the intensity of the Premiership Games.

WE GO TO PALACE TO WIN - and the sooner we offload the Championship type Players - and combine Youth with Quality signings - then Rotation in the Squad will produce better Results.

Saw an interesting thread about our SUPERB AWAY FANS on the Ugly inside bemoaning the fact that our Home Support is not nearly at good.

SAINTS FANS KNOW THE SCORE - WHERE WE WILL BE AT THE PUBS BEFORE THE GAME - AND THE PASSION REQUIRED TO DROWN OUT PALACE TO DOMINATE AND WIN.

AFTER A DREADFUL FEW WEEKS - WE FIGHT FOR THE 3 POINTS WITH OUR MAGNIFICENT AWAY SUPPORT.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR
You do talk lots of böllöcks.
[quote][p][bold]REDARMYRULETHESOUTH[/bold] wrote: Genuinely pleased for the Players after Wembley appearances in both Cups were snatched from them. Travelling to Palace and concerned that the impact of the England game will have on our Players Legs. They did it in League One - but that League does not have the intensity of the Premiership Games. WE GO TO PALACE TO WIN - and the sooner we offload the Championship type Players - and combine Youth with Quality signings - then Rotation in the Squad will produce better Results. Saw an interesting thread about our SUPERB AWAY FANS on the Ugly inside bemoaning the fact that our Home Support is not nearly at good. SAINTS FANS KNOW THE SCORE - WHERE WE WILL BE AT THE PUBS BEFORE THE GAME - AND THE PASSION REQUIRED TO DROWN OUT PALACE TO DOMINATE AND WIN. AFTER A DREADFUL FEW WEEKS - WE FIGHT FOR THE 3 POINTS WITH OUR MAGNIFICENT AWAY SUPPORT. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR[/p][/quote]You do talk lots of böllöcks. SwedeSaint
  • Score: -12

10:31am Wed 5 Mar 14

SaintJD says...

SwedeSaint wrote:
REDARMYRULETHESOUTH wrote:
Genuinely pleased for the Players after Wembley appearances in both Cups were snatched from them.

Travelling to Palace and concerned that the impact of the England game will have on our Players Legs. They did it in League One - but that League does not have the intensity of the Premiership Games.

WE GO TO PALACE TO WIN - and the sooner we offload the Championship type Players - and combine Youth with Quality signings - then Rotation in the Squad will produce better Results.

Saw an interesting thread about our SUPERB AWAY FANS on the Ugly inside bemoaning the fact that our Home Support is not nearly at good.

SAINTS FANS KNOW THE SCORE - WHERE WE WILL BE AT THE PUBS BEFORE THE GAME - AND THE PASSION REQUIRED TO DROWN OUT PALACE TO DOMINATE AND WIN.

AFTER A DREADFUL FEW WEEKS - WE FIGHT FOR THE 3 POINTS WITH OUR MAGNIFICENT AWAY SUPPORT.

WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR
You do talk lots of böllöcks.
I think he's speaking a lot of sense actually. We have suffered a bit due to the lack of depth in the squad and in particular because we have several players on contract who were clearly bought to get us out of League 1 and the Championship but who are still getting the odd game due to injuries, and that's not good enough cover as has been well proven.

I'd still like to see us looking for young talent in those two divisions this summer if I'm honest, because we've proved that there are players who are technically gifted enough to step up, but I think to be fair the majority of fans could have told you who would make the step up and who couldn't, bar Fonte, who has surprised me to be honest, although I still feel that, if we have ambitions for the top six, he needs to be more of a back-up option next season.

And as for the cup - seeing a team with Man City's aspirations and finances being overjoyed to win the League Cup (with a full strength side, risking their star player coming back after injury) suggests we should give it and the FA Cup more respect next season.
[quote][p][bold]SwedeSaint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]REDARMYRULETHESOUTH[/bold] wrote: Genuinely pleased for the Players after Wembley appearances in both Cups were snatched from them. Travelling to Palace and concerned that the impact of the England game will have on our Players Legs. They did it in League One - but that League does not have the intensity of the Premiership Games. WE GO TO PALACE TO WIN - and the sooner we offload the Championship type Players - and combine Youth with Quality signings - then Rotation in the Squad will produce better Results. Saw an interesting thread about our SUPERB AWAY FANS on the Ugly inside bemoaning the fact that our Home Support is not nearly at good. SAINTS FANS KNOW THE SCORE - WHERE WE WILL BE AT THE PUBS BEFORE THE GAME - AND THE PASSION REQUIRED TO DROWN OUT PALACE TO DOMINATE AND WIN. AFTER A DREADFUL FEW WEEKS - WE FIGHT FOR THE 3 POINTS WITH OUR MAGNIFICENT AWAY SUPPORT. WE ARE SOUTHAMPTON. COYR[/p][/quote]You do talk lots of böllöcks.[/p][/quote]I think he's speaking a lot of sense actually. We have suffered a bit due to the lack of depth in the squad and in particular because we have several players on contract who were clearly bought to get us out of League 1 and the Championship but who are still getting the odd game due to injuries, and that's not good enough cover as has been well proven. I'd still like to see us looking for young talent in those two divisions this summer if I'm honest, because we've proved that there are players who are technically gifted enough to step up, but I think to be fair the majority of fans could have told you who would make the step up and who couldn't, bar Fonte, who has surprised me to be honest, although I still feel that, if we have ambitions for the top six, he needs to be more of a back-up option next season. And as for the cup - seeing a team with Man City's aspirations and finances being overjoyed to win the League Cup (with a full strength side, risking their star player coming back after injury) suggests we should give it and the FA Cup more respect next season. SaintJD
  • Score: 6

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