Hodgson: Lambert could have England future

Hodgson: Lambert could have England future

Rickie Lambert

Roy Hodgson

First published in Saints News

England manager Roy Hodgson insists the international door remains open for Saints striker Rickie Lambert.

Ever since the club won promotion to the Premier League, it has been mooted that Lambert could earn recognition with his country. That is yet to happen, though.

For the friendly against Sweden earlier this week, Hodgson took the decision to promote some of the country’s younger players into the squad.

However, the Three Lions boss has reassured the likes of Lambert and Norwich’s Grant Holt that they remain on his radar.

"You understand when you are a national team coach that you have a job of picking 20 players for a squad and there are a lot of fans around the country who feel their team is disadvantaged because they do not have a representative, that is not to say their representatives are not good enough,” said Hodgson.

"In the case of your man, Grant Holt, of course there is no reason why a man like him with the abilities he has could not play for England.

"But the problem for me is there are a lot of other players who can play for England as well with maybe different characteristics. Sometimes you have to take all these things into account.

"It can also be a question of what particular time you are playing and who your competitors are.

"I have not made any strong judgements for or against players like Grant, or players of the same sort of ability as him.

"Lambert at Southampton is often mentioned, and he is a player who has had a similar career [to Holt], done fantastically well to come through the lower leagues and prove themselves at every level.

"[West Ham striker] Andy Carroll of course is another player in that category and he has been in the England squad."

Hodgson added: "The last time we played I went down a slightly different route, but that is not to say I will never go back to a route where I am looking for a player of Andy Carroll's stature, of Grant Holt's stature, of Rickie Lambert's stature, and then these players will come very much once again into consideration."

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1:11pm Sat 17 Nov 12

CB FRY LIVES says...

RICKY LAMBERT FOR ENGLAND.WHY NOT AND ADAM L who is a much better player than either Tom Cleverley,Jack Wilshire or Leon Osman.COYR
RICKY LAMBERT FOR ENGLAND.WHY NOT AND ADAM L who is a much better player than either Tom Cleverley,Jack Wilshire or Leon Osman.COYR CB FRY LIVES
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1:46pm Sat 17 Nov 12

tomw1234 says...

CB FRY LIVES wrote:
RICKY LAMBERT FOR ENGLAND.WHY NOT AND ADAM L who is a much better player than either Tom Cleverley,Jack Wilshire or Leon Osman.COYR
I'm all for Adam getting a game for England but he isn't even comparable to the players you've mentioned. He's a completely different player.
[quote][p][bold]CB FRY LIVES[/bold] wrote: RICKY LAMBERT FOR ENGLAND.WHY NOT AND ADAM L who is a much better player than either Tom Cleverley,Jack Wilshire or Leon Osman.COYR[/p][/quote]I'm all for Adam getting a game for England but he isn't even comparable to the players you've mentioned. He's a completely different player. tomw1234
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2:52pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Saintsteve7 says...

Will hopefully give Ricky and big boost hearing what Hodgson has side because IMO he has looked a little bit out of sorts recently. I fancy him for goal or 2 today! Coyr
Will hopefully give Ricky and big boost hearing what Hodgson has side because IMO he has looked a little bit out of sorts recently. I fancy him for goal or 2 today! Coyr Saintsteve7
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6:58pm Sat 17 Nov 12

ghk230473 says...

Lambert wouldn't look out of place, I've always said he is a sheringham type player who involved others. Would have to play 90 mins though;)!
Lambert wouldn't look out of place, I've always said he is a sheringham type player who involved others. Would have to play 90 mins though;)! ghk230473
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7:45pm Sat 17 Nov 12

batesieboy says...

Saintsteve7 wrote:
Will hopefully give Ricky and big boost hearing what Hodgson has side because IMO he has looked a little bit out of sorts recently. I fancy him for goal or 2 today! Coyr
Good shout mate. Same again next weekend!!
[quote][p][bold]Saintsteve7[/bold] wrote: Will hopefully give Ricky and big boost hearing what Hodgson has side because IMO he has looked a little bit out of sorts recently. I fancy him for goal or 2 today! Coyr[/p][/quote]Good shout mate. Same again next weekend!! batesieboy
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8:25pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Saintsteve7 says...

batesieboy wrote:
Saintsteve7 wrote:
Will hopefully give Ricky and big boost hearing what Hodgson has side because IMO he has looked a little bit out of sorts recently. I fancy him for goal or 2 today! Coyr
Good shout mate. Same again next weekend!!
Cheers! Let's hope for a few more from sir Rick before the season is out!
[quote][p][bold]batesieboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Saintsteve7[/bold] wrote: Will hopefully give Ricky and big boost hearing what Hodgson has side because IMO he has looked a little bit out of sorts recently. I fancy him for goal or 2 today! Coyr[/p][/quote]Good shout mate. Same again next weekend!![/p][/quote]Cheers! Let's hope for a few more from sir Rick before the season is out! Saintsteve7
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9:41pm Sat 17 Nov 12

techsture says...

AL isn't good enough for England he needs to up his game to stay in the first team at Saints let alone anything else.
AL isn't good enough for England he needs to up his game to stay in the first team at Saints let alone anything else. techsture
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11:12pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Ragtacker Reader says...

Get Lambert in on his current form not overlook him on his age!
Get Lambert in on his current form not overlook him on his age! Ragtacker Reader
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12:26am Sun 18 Nov 12

Tirau Dan says...

The next saint to get a start for England will be Luke Shaw or Nat Clyne. Rickie with all due respect isn't quick enough in pace or turn and doesn't get onto the sliding through ball that should be strikers bread and butter. Love him to bits for his flicks and bits lay ons etc but it's not quite enough.. Adam has to strengthen up a bit and work more on his pace. Neither would be out of place but none would suddenly turn England into a winning football side.
The next saint to get a start for England will be Luke Shaw or Nat Clyne. Rickie with all due respect isn't quick enough in pace or turn and doesn't get onto the sliding through ball that should be strikers bread and butter. Love him to bits for his flicks and bits lay ons etc but it's not quite enough.. Adam has to strengthen up a bit and work more on his pace. Neither would be out of place but none would suddenly turn England into a winning football side. Tirau Dan
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1:13am Sun 18 Nov 12

Tirau Dan says...

5yrs time - Nigel will be England Manager! Then we'll see change and some winning ways.
5yrs time - Nigel will be England Manager! Then we'll see change and some winning ways. Tirau Dan
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7:29am Sun 18 Nov 12

Scarborosaint says...

Agree about shaw and clyne possible future internationals but lambert is a better option than holt and Carroll when you come to a target man , problem is less and less international teams play with one and RH favours defoe and welbeck , he is not blessed with pace but neither was sheringham , AL needs to add an end product to his obvious talent , runs into to many blind alleys and gives up possession
too easy , modern day wingers are also used to give cover to the full back ala Milner who is less talented , thought AL should of got in before zaha
Agree about shaw and clyne possible future internationals but lambert is a better option than holt and Carroll when you come to a target man , problem is less and less international teams play with one and RH favours defoe and welbeck , he is not blessed with pace but neither was sheringham , AL needs to add an end product to his obvious talent , runs into to many blind alleys and gives up possession too easy , modern day wingers are also used to give cover to the full back ala Milner who is less talented , thought AL should of got in before zaha Scarborosaint
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5:14pm Mon 19 Nov 12

saintlysoul says...

techsture wrote:
AL isn't good enough for England he needs to up his game to stay in the first team at Saints let alone anything else.
Here here. The problem with AL is that he over complicates the game. He appears to think that you're not a good player unless you've beaten a number of people. He has effectively one trick pulling the ball behind his standing leg and defenders are wise to this. He's too light getting knocked off he ball too easily. He's a good championship player and first division player but has so far failed to cut it in the premier league!
[quote][p][bold]techsture[/bold] wrote: AL isn't good enough for England he needs to up his game to stay in the first team at Saints let alone anything else.[/p][/quote]Here here. The problem with AL is that he over complicates the game. He appears to think that you're not a good player unless you've beaten a number of people. He has effectively one trick pulling the ball behind his standing leg and defenders are wise to this. He's too light getting knocked off he ball too easily. He's a good championship player and first division player but has so far failed to cut it in the premier league! saintlysoul
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2:34pm Tue 20 Nov 12

TheSaintsMan says...

Saints Players Who SHOULD Be In England:

Ricky Lambert
Adam Lallana

Saints Players Who SHOULD Be In England (future):

Luke Shaw
JWP
Nat Clyne
Saints Players Who SHOULD Be In England: Ricky Lambert Adam Lallana Saints Players Who SHOULD Be In England (future): Luke Shaw JWP Nat Clyne TheSaintsMan
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