Southampton striker Rickie Lambert: I want to be picked for England's World Cup squad because I'm good enough, not because of my penalty record

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Rickie Lambert is desperate to secure a place in England’s World Cup squad, but says he does not want to be picked purely on the basis of his penalty-taking ability.

The striker has netted a perfect 34 out of 34 efforts from the spot during his Saints career, and could potentially be an asset to Roy Hodgson in that situation this summer.

But Lambert does not want to be picked simply as a penalty specialist. If he makes it to Brazil, he wants it to be because the England manager believes his all-round game is good enough.

“I wouldn’t like to be picked on my penalty record, if I’m being honest,” he said.

“I don’t think I will be. I think I’ll be judged on everything else and I think that’s the way it should be – whether that’s a yes or a no.”

Lambert and the rest of Saints’ England contenders have been closely watched by Hodgson and his assistant, Ray Lewington, over the course of the past few months.

The 32-year-old, who has 11 Premier League goals this season and ten assists, knows that he is being closely monitored.

“I think we’ve had either Ray or Roy watching our games for the last ten games I think, so we know we are getting watched and that’s brilliant for them to be watching Southampton,” said Lambert.

“I try not to focus on it, if I’m being honest. I try to play my own game. I think that’s the best way to go about it.

“You can’t think too much about it, because I think it might affect your game.

“You’ve just got to get on with it, try and do well for Southampton, and hopefully Roy or Ray are impressed, that’s it really.”

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1:00pm Fri 18 Apr 14

hedge end bob says...

Rickie i think you will be on that plane because of your all round ability, your penalty kicks is a bonus for Woy judging on our past records. Well done , you have improved with every season and already cause a lot of people to change their minds. Glad your a SAINT .
COYR'S
Rickie i think you will be on that plane because of your all round ability, your penalty kicks is a bonus for Woy judging on our past records. Well done , you have improved with every season and already cause a lot of people to change their minds. Glad your a SAINT . COYR'S hedge end bob
  • Score: 17

1:33pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Velleity says...

I'm sure Roy won't pick you for your penalty taking skills: He'll pick you for the goals you score, the goals you create and your ability to see what's happening on the pitch before anyone else. All that's more important as you'll create goals for England that obviate the need for your killer penalty skills.
I'm sure Roy won't pick you for your penalty taking skills: He'll pick you for the goals you score, the goals you create and your ability to see what's happening on the pitch before anyone else. All that's more important as you'll create goals for England that obviate the need for your killer penalty skills. Velleity
  • Score: 8

3:21pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Costa Baz says...

The only "supposed" rival, to SRL, is the donkey, Carroll. And in all honesty, Carroll will concede possession/free kicks through his poor overall style of play, and his over physical approach.
The last thing England want to do, in the temperatures they will be playing in, is to concede easy possession and spend too much time chasing the ball, which is why they shouldn't even entertain taking Carroll.
The only "supposed" rival, to SRL, is the donkey, Carroll. And in all honesty, Carroll will concede possession/free kicks through his poor overall style of play, and his over physical approach. The last thing England want to do, in the temperatures they will be playing in, is to concede easy possession and spend too much time chasing the ball, which is why they shouldn't even entertain taking Carroll. Costa Baz
  • Score: 11

8:02pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Rudolf Hucker says...

SRL, you have consistently proved that your all round game has you way above anyone else in Woys plans.. If RH cannot see that then what more can you do. You would get my vote even if you were not a Saints player.
I would have you ahead of Rooney any day. Score against Villa and you will be on the plane.
SRL, you have consistently proved that your all round game has you way above anyone else in Woys plans.. If RH cannot see that then what more can you do. You would get my vote even if you were not a Saints player. I would have you ahead of Rooney any day. Score against Villa and you will be on the plane. Rudolf Hucker
  • Score: 4

8:43pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bullsbags says...

Another thing in his favour is his temperament
The Donkey has no discipline and when you are up against South American wind up merchants that will be another tick in Lamberts box
Another thing in his favour is his temperament The Donkey has no discipline and when you are up against South American wind up merchants that will be another tick in Lamberts box bullsbags
  • Score: 3

9:37pm Fri 18 Apr 14

derek james says...

if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother
if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother derek james
  • Score: -9

9:44pm Fri 18 Apr 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

derek james wrote:
if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother
However if he plays like he has most of the Season, it is a no brainer, where have you been? Nottarf?
[quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother[/p][/quote]However if he plays like he has most of the Season, it is a no brainer, where have you been? Nottarf? OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 5

10:01pm Fri 18 Apr 14

bullsbags says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
derek james wrote:
if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother
However if he plays like he has most of the Season, it is a no brainer, where have you been? Nottarf?
If Roy ignored any player that had the odd bad game he would select a squad or er no one
D1ckhead
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother[/p][/quote]However if he plays like he has most of the Season, it is a no brainer, where have you been? Nottarf?[/p][/quote]If Roy ignored any player that had the odd bad game he would select a squad or er no one D1ckhead bullsbags
  • Score: 4

10:58pm Fri 18 Apr 14

hedge end bob says...

bullsbags wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
derek james wrote: if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother
However if he plays like he has most of the Season, it is a no brainer, where have you been? Nottarf?
If Roy ignored any player that had the odd bad game he would select a squad or er no one D1ckhead
BULLSBAGS why don't you use your Jrod11 user name or have you been banned????
[quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother[/p][/quote]However if he plays like he has most of the Season, it is a no brainer, where have you been? Nottarf?[/p][/quote]If Roy ignored any player that had the odd bad game he would select a squad or er no one D1ckhead[/p][/quote]BULLSBAGS why don't you use your Jrod11 user name or have you been banned???? hedge end bob
  • Score: 2

9:02am Sat 19 Apr 14

bullsbags says...

hedge end bob wrote:
bullsbags wrote:
OSPREYSAINT wrote:
derek james wrote: if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother
However if he plays like he has most of the Season, it is a no brainer, where have you been? Nottarf?
If Roy ignored any player that had the odd bad game he would select a squad or er no one D1ckhead
BULLSBAGS why don't you use your Jrod11 user name or have you been banned????
Are you thick?
All I was trying to point out was the fact that if any player who had the odd bad game was not selected then no one would go to the World Cup
I was sticking up for Lambert and no I'm not j rod !
[quote][p][bold]hedge end bob[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullsbags[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derek james[/bold] wrote: if he plays like he did against cardiff he needn't bother[/p][/quote]However if he plays like he has most of the Season, it is a no brainer, where have you been? Nottarf?[/p][/quote]If Roy ignored any player that had the odd bad game he would select a squad or er no one D1ckhead[/p][/quote]BULLSBAGS why don't you use your Jrod11 user name or have you been banned????[/p][/quote]Are you thick? All I was trying to point out was the fact that if any player who had the odd bad game was not selected then no one would go to the World Cup I was sticking up for Lambert and no I'm not j rod ! bullsbags
  • Score: 0

9:05am Sat 19 Apr 14

singapore saint84 says...

Penalty abilities???? You score from headers,you score from freekicks,you score when you want to....you will be on the plane to brazil...i got a good feeling bout this...
Penalty abilities???? You score from headers,you score from freekicks,you score when you want to....you will be on the plane to brazil...i got a good feeling bout this... singapore saint84
  • Score: 2

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