International futures for Lallana and Lambert?

Ricke Lambert heads home the opener against Manchester United

Ricke Lambert heads home the opener against Manchester United

First published in Saints News

ENGLAND coach Gary Neville has hinted that Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert could be considered for international callups.

National team manager Roy Hodgson was at St Mary’s yesterday, watching the duo produce impressive performances in Saints’ 3-2 defeat against Manchester United.

Neville, who was also at the game in his capacity as a pundit for Sky Sports, was asked in commentary whether Lallana could have a future in the England set-up.

“The thing about Lallana is that you want to see him at the highest level,” said Neville.

“The game against Manchester City on the first game of the season and this particular game he’s doing his chances no harm.

“I think that’s the key for him, to play at this level.

“He’s been fantastic from start to finish and any English player who’s got that level of skill and ability and who performs week in week out must be in with a chance.”

Another player the home fans are keen to see recognised by his country is Lambert, with chants of “Lambert for England” ringing round the stadium yesterday.

Ahead of the upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine, Neville was asked about the 30-year-old striker too, saying: “Well, Andy Carroll pulled out, so you never know.”

Any hopes of a shock callup this week for Lambert were dashed last night, though, as it was confirmed that Hodgson would not be bringing in a replacement for the injured Carroll.

However, like Lallana, Saints’ number seven did his future chances no harm with a menacing display against United, scoring the opener and setting up his side’s second.

Nigel Adkins was certainly quick to hail his performance.

Rickie Lambert had a superb game for us up front, his physical presence,” he said.

“He gave us that out ball from a physical point of view and scored an outstanding goal.

“Something we talked about and worked on at the training ground the last couple of days, of getting players in little pockets, areas, to put little diagonals in and Jason Puncheon put a superb cross in for Rickie to go and score.”

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8:56am Mon 3 Sep 12

skin2000 says...

Fox is a bit Cherednik, have the stripes come out in the wash?
Fox is a bit Cherednik, have the stripes come out in the wash? skin2000
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11:32am Mon 3 Sep 12

SaintSherman says...

At some point soon Lallana has to be called and become a regular feature, if Daniel Sturridge can be called into the team then what an insult to Lambert and Lallana who would give anything to play for there country rather then a spoilt brat who gets mystery injuries so he misses games.
At some point soon Lallana has to be called and become a regular feature, if Daniel Sturridge can be called into the team then what an insult to Lambert and Lallana who would give anything to play for there country rather then a spoilt brat who gets mystery injuries so he misses games. SaintSherman
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1:05pm Mon 3 Sep 12

billythesaint says...

They were both brilliant yesterday. Very confident they will get England caps. I wondered if Lallana's fancy tricks would work at the highest level. It appears they do! and it's so much more satisfying seeing him embarrass high quality players.
They were both brilliant yesterday. Very confident they will get England caps. I wondered if Lallana's fancy tricks would work at the highest level. It appears they do! and it's so much more satisfying seeing him embarrass high quality players. billythesaint
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1:10pm Mon 3 Sep 12

madmike says...

Why not? I can think of worse players to call up. Rickie is a good player who isn't afraid to go inwhere it hurts . Adam is a class act and a classy midfielder who derserves a chance. You'll never know what they can do if they're not picked.
Why not? I can think of worse players to call up. Rickie is a good player who isn't afraid to go inwhere it hurts . Adam is a class act and a classy midfielder who derserves a chance. You'll never know what they can do if they're not picked. madmike
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1:37pm Mon 3 Sep 12

St Retford says...

The Premiership is made for Lallana. Apparently it's illegal to tackle people in this league, so creative players will be given far more time and space to show their skills than they would be in the lower leagues.
The Premiership is made for Lallana. Apparently it's illegal to tackle people in this league, so creative players will be given far more time and space to show their skills than they would be in the lower leagues. St Retford
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1:41pm Mon 3 Sep 12

billythesaint says...

They were both brilliant yesterday. Very confident they will get England caps. I wondered if Lallana's fancy tricks would work at the highest level. It appears they do! and it's so much more satisfying seeing him embarrass high quality players.
They were both brilliant yesterday. Very confident they will get England caps. I wondered if Lallana's fancy tricks would work at the highest level. It appears they do! and it's so much more satisfying seeing him embarrass high quality players. billythesaint
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1:57pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Matt Le God says...

madmike wrote:
Why not? I can think of worse players to call up. Rickie is a good player who isn't afraid to go inwhere it hurts . Adam is a class act and a classy midfielder who derserves a chance. You'll never know what they can do if they're not picked.
agreed.... welbeck, sturridge and carroll are hardly worthy of their England status are they! Lambert in the ascendancy, with the right mentality and ability would outscore any of those.

Just typical of the English call up system - you have to play in supposed the top few clubs to get in - I mean; Carroll has two good games all season for Liverpool last season and gets called up for the Euros???
[quote][p][bold]madmike[/bold] wrote: Why not? I can think of worse players to call up. Rickie is a good player who isn't afraid to go inwhere it hurts . Adam is a class act and a classy midfielder who derserves a chance. You'll never know what they can do if they're not picked.[/p][/quote]agreed.... welbeck, sturridge and carroll are hardly worthy of their England status are they! Lambert in the ascendancy, with the right mentality and ability would outscore any of those. Just typical of the English call up system - you have to play in supposed the top few clubs to get in - I mean; Carroll has two good games all season for Liverpool last season and gets called up for the Euros??? Matt Le God
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2:13pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Alicesdad says...

Loving this. Hodgson has very few to choose from in the medium term unless some new wonderkids emerge.

I could see Lambert, Lallana and Ward- Prowse all wearing England shirts one day, maybe on the same day. And just for a change we are under no obligation to have to sell them.

And if Lallana isn't in the next world cup then we truly know the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
Loving this. Hodgson has very few to choose from in the medium term unless some new wonderkids emerge. I could see Lambert, Lallana and Ward- Prowse all wearing England shirts one day, maybe on the same day. And just for a change we are under no obligation to have to sell them. And if Lallana isn't in the next world cup then we truly know the lunatics have taken over the asylum. Alicesdad
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3:25pm Mon 3 Sep 12

murfmeister says...

Wellbeck played for Manure yesterday and was awful. Hardly had a touch and was subbed infront of the england manager. Lambert however scored one, one assist and caused united so many problems. Unfortunately we aren't a fashionable club which is why Holt didn't get a look in last season even though he scored more goals that every striker we took to the euros combined.
I'd love to see it but I fear Lambert wont get his chance.
Wellbeck played for Manure yesterday and was awful. Hardly had a touch and was subbed infront of the england manager. Lambert however scored one, one assist and caused united so many problems. Unfortunately we aren't a fashionable club which is why Holt didn't get a look in last season even though he scored more goals that every striker we took to the euros combined. I'd love to see it but I fear Lambert wont get his chance. murfmeister
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3:30pm Mon 3 Sep 12

lowemustgo says...

Lambert, Lallana and Puncheon were brilliant yesterday! Lambert was scaring the United defence witless and scored with his first chance - a superb cross from Puncheon. So pleased to see Punch delivering what we know he can. Lallana's footwork was also superb. You can have 24 Ricky Lamberts for one Robin Van Persie and I know which I would rather have. RVPs penalty had me rolling in the aisles! And well done Adkins for finally picking these three to play together up front. But please stop wasting time with Guly whose first touch is hopeless - he is not up to this league.
Lambert, Lallana and Puncheon were brilliant yesterday! Lambert was scaring the United defence witless and scored with his first chance - a superb cross from Puncheon. So pleased to see Punch delivering what we know he can. Lallana's footwork was also superb. You can have 24 Ricky Lamberts for one Robin Van Persie and I know which I would rather have. RVPs penalty had me rolling in the aisles! And well done Adkins for finally picking these three to play together up front. But please stop wasting time with Guly whose first touch is hopeless - he is not up to this league. lowemustgo
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3:37pm Mon 3 Sep 12

lowemustgo says...

lowemustgo wrote:
Lambert, Lallana and Puncheon were brilliant yesterday! Lambert was scaring the United defence witless and scored with his first chance - a superb cross from Puncheon. So pleased to see Punch delivering what we know he can. Lallana's footwork was also superb. You can have 24 Ricky Lamberts for one Robin Van Persie and I know which I would rather have. RVPs penalty had me rolling in the aisles! And well done Adkins for finally picking these three to play together up front. But please stop wasting time with Guly whose first touch is hopeless - he is not up to this league.
Also forgot to say how well James Ward Prowse played! Clyne is also going to be an excellent player - just remember to check those studs!
Had to laugh when the Sky commentator gave Schneiderlin the 'curse' by saying that rarely scores!
Saints just need to fix those defensive errors or keep the attacking players on the pitch and defend from the front.
[quote][p][bold]lowemustgo[/bold] wrote: Lambert, Lallana and Puncheon were brilliant yesterday! Lambert was scaring the United defence witless and scored with his first chance - a superb cross from Puncheon. So pleased to see Punch delivering what we know he can. Lallana's footwork was also superb. You can have 24 Ricky Lamberts for one Robin Van Persie and I know which I would rather have. RVPs penalty had me rolling in the aisles! And well done Adkins for finally picking these three to play together up front. But please stop wasting time with Guly whose first touch is hopeless - he is not up to this league.[/p][/quote]Also forgot to say how well James Ward Prowse played! Clyne is also going to be an excellent player - just remember to check those studs! Had to laugh when the Sky commentator gave Schneiderlin the 'curse' by saying that rarely scores! Saints just need to fix those defensive errors or keep the attacking players on the pitch and defend from the front. lowemustgo
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4:20pm Mon 3 Sep 12

SnapperSaint says...

Alicesdad wrote:
Loving this. Hodgson has very few to choose from in the medium term unless some new wonderkids emerge. I could see Lambert, Lallana and Ward- Prowse all wearing England shirts one day, maybe on the same day. And just for a change we are under no obligation to have to sell them. And if Lallana isn't in the next world cup then we truly know the lunatics have taken over the asylum.
What you mean a new wonderkid like Lallana could emerge... :o)
[quote][p][bold]Alicesdad[/bold] wrote: Loving this. Hodgson has very few to choose from in the medium term unless some new wonderkids emerge. I could see Lambert, Lallana and Ward- Prowse all wearing England shirts one day, maybe on the same day. And just for a change we are under no obligation to have to sell them. And if Lallana isn't in the next world cup then we truly know the lunatics have taken over the asylum.[/p][/quote]What you mean a new wonderkid like Lallana could emerge... :o) SnapperSaint
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4:41pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Block 34 says...

Why do they have to wait for players to play in the Prem before considering them? Neville, Hodgson & co are supposed to be the experts - Rickie scored often enough in the past 2 seasons to be worth a cameo appearance in a meaningless friendly surely?! I'd take Rickie over Carroll any day!
Why do they have to wait for players to play in the Prem before considering them? Neville, Hodgson & co are supposed to be the experts - Rickie scored often enough in the past 2 seasons to be worth a cameo appearance in a meaningless friendly surely?! I'd take Rickie over Carroll any day! Block 34
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5:22pm Mon 3 Sep 12

JohnItaly says...

murfmeister wrote:
Wellbeck played for Manure yesterday and was awful. Hardly had a touch and was subbed infront of the england manager. Lambert however scored one, one assist and caused united so many problems. Unfortunately we aren't a fashionable club which is why Holt didn't get a look in last season even though he scored more goals that every striker we took to the euros combined.
I'd love to see it but I fear Lambert wont get his chance.
Unfortunately I think you are spot on. They play for the wrong club. Hodgson would have been at St Marys to watch his Man Utd England players. Suspect he left thinking Labert and Lallana were only allowed to shine because Man Utd were playing poorly and not because the Saints were playing well. I have noticed this is a common theme amongst football pundits when a "non fashionable" club does well against one of "top" clubs.
[quote][p][bold]murfmeister[/bold] wrote: Wellbeck played for Manure yesterday and was awful. Hardly had a touch and was subbed infront of the england manager. Lambert however scored one, one assist and caused united so many problems. Unfortunately we aren't a fashionable club which is why Holt didn't get a look in last season even though he scored more goals that every striker we took to the euros combined. I'd love to see it but I fear Lambert wont get his chance.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately I think you are spot on. They play for the wrong club. Hodgson would have been at St Marys to watch his Man Utd England players. Suspect he left thinking Labert and Lallana were only allowed to shine because Man Utd were playing poorly and not because the Saints were playing well. I have noticed this is a common theme amongst football pundits when a "non fashionable" club does well against one of "top" clubs. JohnItaly
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5:25pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Shakeysaint says...

Ward-Prowse and Adam might get the nod one day but I doubt it will happen often while they are here. It is a sad fact that any player at a club like Saints is very unlikely to get called up.

I don't like that a player has more chance of getting an england cap by sitting on Man City's bench then playing well for some one else but thats the truth of it.
Ward-Prowse and Adam might get the nod one day but I doubt it will happen often while they are here. It is a sad fact that any player at a club like Saints is very unlikely to get called up. I don't like that a player has more chance of getting an england cap by sitting on Man City's bench then playing well for some one else but thats the truth of it. Shakeysaint
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6:42pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Optimist says...

Don't forget to add Davis to the subs bench, just for the penalties ;)
Don't forget to add Davis to the subs bench, just for the penalties ;) Optimist
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7:49pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Pompey-Blue says...

Said for a long time Lallana is a class player and should get his chance with England. Alway's been dubious on Lambert, but if he carries on the way he has started, Hodgson will have to give him a chance.
We had player's picked for England, no reason why you shouldn't.
Said for a long time Lallana is a class player and should get his chance with England. Alway's been dubious on Lambert, but if he carries on the way he has started, Hodgson will have to give him a chance. We had player's picked for England, no reason why you shouldn't. Pompey-Blue
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9:28pm Mon 3 Sep 12

Puddletown Saint says...

So we all agree Rickie Adam Nath and JWP for England

Gaston Lee Yos Davis Foxy and Emm already internationals

Morgan must surely play for France

The future is bright - it is red with a little white strip
So we all agree Rickie Adam Nath and JWP for England Gaston Lee Yos Davis Foxy and Emm already internationals Morgan must surely play for France The future is bright - it is red with a little white strip Puddletown Saint
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10:01pm Mon 3 Sep 12

TheTom says...

Lallana will suffer like Matty B4 him-Fact. If he was South American or, even any nationality other than English, he would have already played 20 games for his country because, you cannot teach the class that boy holds. Bit like common sense; your either born with it or not. Lallana has a God given talent which does not fit with the FA doctrine. It's a reet shame but there you go.
Lallana will suffer like Matty B4 him-Fact. If he was South American or, even any nationality other than English, he would have already played 20 games for his country because, you cannot teach the class that boy holds. Bit like common sense; your either born with it or not. Lallana has a God given talent which does not fit with the FA doctrine. It's a reet shame but there you go. TheTom
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11:59pm Mon 3 Sep 12

City Saint says...

Id love to see Lallana right the wrongs done to Le tiss at international level. Hodges on seems like a grafter to me, and seems to play the game that way too could be the graham Taylor to Lallana' Le tiss. But I hope not.

Meanwhile, the lamp demands to be fed at the top table. How awesome would it be to see a player score in every division and for England in the 21st century? it's the stuff of Hollywood. Rickie for england would destroy all in his way.

He'd be knackered for us, but we have so many strikers now, who could deny him the dream?
Id love to see Lallana right the wrongs done to Le tiss at international level. Hodges on seems like a grafter to me, and seems to play the game that way too could be the graham Taylor to Lallana' Le tiss. But I hope not. Meanwhile, the lamp demands to be fed at the top table. How awesome would it be to see a player score in every division and for England in the 21st century? it's the stuff of Hollywood. Rickie for england would destroy all in his way. He'd be knackered for us, but we have so many strikers now, who could deny him the dream? City Saint
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3:06am Tue 4 Sep 12

Jesus_02 says...

Lambert will never play for England, I dont really support England, not when players that dont even make the bench for there club get capped and players that would were the shirt with genuine pride don't get a chance
Lambert will never play for England, I dont really support England, not when players that dont even make the bench for there club get capped and players that would were the shirt with genuine pride don't get a chance Jesus_02
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6:56pm Tue 4 Sep 12

Scarborosaint says...

If you compare the competition in the England squad there is no reason why either of them should not play , Milner is not a regular for city and had a poor euro champs and as Carroll is injured and a one trick pony lambert is a great comparable player, both Adam and Rickie just need more time at premiership level to prove they are worth a place
If you compare the competition in the England squad there is no reason why either of them should not play , Milner is not a regular for city and had a poor euro champs and as Carroll is injured and a one trick pony lambert is a great comparable player, both Adam and Rickie just need more time at premiership level to prove they are worth a place Scarborosaint
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8:10pm Wed 5 Sep 12

Dellgirl says...

Whatdya reckon Nev? ....er Lala hasn't proved himslef in the Prem yet.

What about Lambert? Pffft.. well, you never know.

Nice story out of nothing.
Whatdya reckon Nev? ....er Lala hasn't proved himslef in the Prem yet. What about Lambert? Pffft.. well, you never know. Nice story out of nothing. Dellgirl
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