Rickie Lambert or Andy Carroll for England's World Cup squad? It's a no brainer for Saints legend Matt Le Tissier

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Picking Andy Carroll for the World Cup instead of Rickie Lambert would be a barmy decision, according to Saints legend Matthew Le Tissier.

It is less than two weeks until Roy Hodgson announces who will be heading to Brazil, with the England boss facing some tough decisions on who makes the 23-man squad.

One of those dilemmas appears to be whether to take Carroll or Lambert, who recently admitted he is in a straight shoot-out with the West Ham frontman to make the cut.

This season has been one blighted by injury for Carroll and means the last of his nine England appearances came against San Marino back in October 2012, whereas Saints rival Lambert has netted 11 goals in a decent second top-flight season.

Furthermore, only Luis Suarez has provided more assists than the 32-year-old, which is why former England and Southampton man Le Tissier is adamant he should go to Brazil.

"It is no contest for me," he said. "No contest.

"Andy Carroll is probably better in the air than Rickie is, but not by enough to make up all the attributes Rickie has that he doesn't.

"For me, there is no comparison between Rickie's form and Andy's over the last couple of seasons. I don't even think it is a close decision.

"He has many more strings to his bow than just being a target man.

"I have been so chuffed for him and it is one of those fantastic stories of boys that come up through the lower leagues and found a lease of life later on in their career.

"He has found a club where he can play his best stuff, a club that is upwardly mobile and he has some good players around him, which always helps.

"It has been fantastic for Rickie. It has been a great story."

Lambert's journey from putting lids on jars of beetroot in a Merseyside factory to scoring on his England debut is well-known, but Le Tissier does not believe the same goes for his array of skills.

"He didn't surprise me in the way he kept stepping up," Le Tissier, who was speaking at the CV Show on behalf of Vauxhall, the England Team Sponsor, said.

"I saw a lot of qualities in him that I saw in myself when I was playing. Neither of us were the quickest, but our football brains were sharp as anything.

"When your football brain is as sharp as his, you can still have an impact and still make a difference in games, even though you're not one of the quickest players.

"He has got a fantastic touch and sees a pass as good as anybody. He does great set pieces, takes wonderful free-kicks and penalties. He has a lot of good attributes.

"He is excellent in the air, a strong boy, and all those attributes kind of make up for that yard of pace he hasn't got."

Le Tissier was also quick to highlight the attitude that accompanies the impressive aptitude of a man who lists Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers as his former clubs.

"You would have no problem with him in terms of thinking he should be playing and maybe sulking just because he is in the squad, not the team," Le Tissier added.

"That boy would be absolutely delighted to be anywhere near the squad and is a fantastic guy to have around. He is such a humble, down-to-earth bloke."

:: Vauxhall are giving England fans the chance to "Enter the Lions Den" and send them off in style before the trip to Brazil this summer. Win the chance to watch England train at St. George's Park on May 27th by going to www.vauxhallfootball.co.uk/stgeorge

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3:09pm Thu 1 May 14

george chivers says...

Let me think, who should it be, oh yes SIR RICKY LAMBERT.
Let me think, who should it be, oh yes SIR RICKY LAMBERT. george chivers
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3:20pm Thu 1 May 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

george chivers wrote:
Let me think, who should it be, oh yes SIR RICKY LAMBERT.
It's Rickie you nitwit.
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: Let me think, who should it be, oh yes SIR RICKY LAMBERT.[/p][/quote]It's Rickie you nitwit. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 6

3:45pm Thu 1 May 14

george chivers says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
george chivers wrote:
Let me think, who should it be, oh yes SIR RICKY LAMBERT.
It's Rickie you nitwit.
Sorry Ospray I'm obviously having an off day.
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: Let me think, who should it be, oh yes SIR RICKY LAMBERT.[/p][/quote]It's Rickie you nitwit.[/p][/quote]Sorry Ospray I'm obviously having an off day. george chivers
  • Score: 10

3:48pm Thu 1 May 14

rednwhite72 says...

Well Roy has already stipulated that he is picking players on form, so yes its a no brainer.
Well Roy has already stipulated that he is picking players on form, so yes its a no brainer. rednwhite72
  • Score: 8

3:51pm Thu 1 May 14

Rooflas says...

What a player and now what a supporter le god is to southampton football club, his spat with cortèse never diminished his affection. I'm proud to have had a player like him be so loyal, some one at the club needs to reward his loyalty. Show current bunch what loyalty brings... Something more than money could buy.
What a player and now what a supporter le god is to southampton football club, his spat with cortèse never diminished his affection. I'm proud to have had a player like him be so loyal, some one at the club needs to reward his loyalty. Show current bunch what loyalty brings... Something more than money could buy. Rooflas
  • Score: 14

3:58pm Thu 1 May 14

StElsass says...

Come on Roy, take Carroll. You know it makes sense!
Come on Roy, take Carroll. You know it makes sense! StElsass
  • Score: -53

4:50pm Thu 1 May 14

tricky19791 says...

Isn't Roy only going to pick player he has had a look at whilst being picked and playing in his friendlys. So Carroll doesn't really have any game time. Does he. In my eye it's Rickie all the way for me.
Isn't Roy only going to pick player he has had a look at whilst being picked and playing in his friendlys. So Carroll doesn't really have any game time. Does he. In my eye it's Rickie all the way for me. tricky19791
  • Score: 5

5:17pm Thu 1 May 14

rednwhite72 says...

Roy Hodgson quote according to the press:

"I'm not going to make decisions in the last week or two of the season, which is a notoriously bad time to judge talent," said Hodgson.

"I don't judge players on their last-minute form. Nothing that happens in the last four games, in terms of form, is going to affect me."

Look at the stats for the season, its just like 'StElsass'....a no brainer!
Roy Hodgson quote according to the press: [QUOTE] "I'm not going to make decisions in the last week or two of the season, which is a notoriously bad time to judge talent," said Hodgson. "I don't judge players on their last-minute form. Nothing that happens in the last four games, in terms of form, is going to affect me." [/QUOTE] Look at the stats for the season, its just like 'StElsass'....a no brainer! rednwhite72
  • Score: 2

5:35pm Thu 1 May 14

StElsass says...

Before I break the record of the number of thumbs down I probably should specify that I'm not English, so I'd rather he took Carroll.
Of course Rickie is the obvious choice, but even if he wasn't there, I am amazed that Carroll is even considered good enough to play in a WC for one of the major countries!
Mind, it will only be for 3 games anyway 😁
Before I break the record of the number of thumbs down I probably should specify that I'm not English, so I'd rather he took Carroll. Of course Rickie is the obvious choice, but even if he wasn't there, I am amazed that Carroll is even considered good enough to play in a WC for one of the major countries! Mind, it will only be for 3 games anyway 😁 StElsass
  • Score: -7

5:49pm Thu 1 May 14

Clever Dick says...

It's not just England having these awful selection problems. Argentina have to decide between Messi or Messy and Portugal are wondering if they should take Cristiano Ronaldo or Ronald Cristiano who plays for Setubal reserves. And then again Italy are wondering if they should take Balotelli ,who has a bit of an attitude problem , or go instead for the simpler option of some tw@t called Dani Osvaldo. To us Saints fans these decisions are straightforward and obvious. I'd go for Messi, Ronaldo, Balotelli and hope that I'd made the right decision. And then there is the complete no brainer. Of course it's Rickie!
It's not just England having these awful selection problems. Argentina have to decide between Messi or Messy and Portugal are wondering if they should take Cristiano Ronaldo or Ronald Cristiano who plays for Setubal reserves. And then again Italy are wondering if they should take Balotelli ,who has a bit of an attitude problem , or go instead for the simpler option of some tw@t called Dani Osvaldo. To us Saints fans these decisions are straightforward and obvious. I'd go for Messi, Ronaldo, Balotelli and hope that I'd made the right decision. And then there is the complete no brainer. Of course it's Rickie! Clever Dick
  • Score: 4

6:08pm Thu 1 May 14

george chivers says...

Clever Dick wrote:
It's not just England having these awful selection problems. Argentina have to decide between Messi or Messy and Portugal are wondering if they should take Cristiano Ronaldo or Ronald Cristiano who plays for Setubal reserves. And then again Italy are wondering if they should take Balotelli ,who has a bit of an attitude problem , or go instead for the simpler option of some tw@t called Dani Osvaldo. To us Saints fans these decisions are straightforward and obvious. I'd go for Messi, Ronaldo, Balotelli and hope that I'd made the right decision. And then there is the complete no brainer. Of course it's Rickie!
Let Osprey (Lettuce pray) together you are right, Richard Smart!
[quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: It's not just England having these awful selection problems. Argentina have to decide between Messi or Messy and Portugal are wondering if they should take Cristiano Ronaldo or Ronald Cristiano who plays for Setubal reserves. And then again Italy are wondering if they should take Balotelli ,who has a bit of an attitude problem , or go instead for the simpler option of some tw@t called Dani Osvaldo. To us Saints fans these decisions are straightforward and obvious. I'd go for Messi, Ronaldo, Balotelli and hope that I'd made the right decision. And then there is the complete no brainer. Of course it's Rickie![/p][/quote]Let Osprey (Lettuce pray) together you are right, Richard Smart! george chivers
  • Score: -2

6:23pm Thu 1 May 14

Clever Dick says...

george chivers wrote:
Clever Dick wrote:
It's not just England having these awful selection problems. Argentina have to decide between Messi or Messy and Portugal are wondering if they should take Cristiano Ronaldo or Ronald Cristiano who plays for Setubal reserves. And then again Italy are wondering if they should take Balotelli ,who has a bit of an attitude problem , or go instead for the simpler option of some tw@t called Dani Osvaldo. To us Saints fans these decisions are straightforward and obvious. I'd go for Messi, Ronaldo, Balotelli and hope that I'd made the right decision. And then there is the complete no brainer. Of course it's Rickie!
Let Osprey (Lettuce pray) together you are right, Richard Smart!
Darn it. You've worked out my real name!
[quote][p][bold]george chivers[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Clever Dick[/bold] wrote: It's not just England having these awful selection problems. Argentina have to decide between Messi or Messy and Portugal are wondering if they should take Cristiano Ronaldo or Ronald Cristiano who plays for Setubal reserves. And then again Italy are wondering if they should take Balotelli ,who has a bit of an attitude problem , or go instead for the simpler option of some tw@t called Dani Osvaldo. To us Saints fans these decisions are straightforward and obvious. I'd go for Messi, Ronaldo, Balotelli and hope that I'd made the right decision. And then there is the complete no brainer. Of course it's Rickie![/p][/quote]Let Osprey (Lettuce pray) together you are right, Richard Smart![/p][/quote]Darn it. You've worked out my real name! Clever Dick
  • Score: 0

7:01pm Thu 1 May 14

Shrewdsaint says...

Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.
Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum. Shrewdsaint
  • Score: 9

7:12pm Thu 1 May 14

Strasbourg Saint says...

StElsass wrote:
Before I break the record of the number of thumbs down I probably should specify that I'm not English, so I'd rather he took Carroll.
Of course Rickie is the obvious choice, but even if he wasn't there, I am amazed that Carroll is even considered good enough to play in a WC for one of the major countries!
Mind, it will only be for 3 games anyway 😁
I was probably the only one (apart from Killered, I guess) who saw what you did in your first post, Elsass.

Trois jeux, peut-etre, mais allez Rickie et les trois Lions!
[quote][p][bold]StElsass[/bold] wrote: Before I break the record of the number of thumbs down I probably should specify that I'm not English, so I'd rather he took Carroll. Of course Rickie is the obvious choice, but even if he wasn't there, I am amazed that Carroll is even considered good enough to play in a WC for one of the major countries! Mind, it will only be for 3 games anyway 😁[/p][/quote]I was probably the only one (apart from Killered, I guess) who saw what you did in your first post, Elsass. Trois jeux, peut-etre, mais allez Rickie et les trois Lions! Strasbourg Saint
  • Score: 0

2:38am Fri 2 May 14

City Saint says...

Shrewdsaint wrote:
Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.
It would be awesome to see clyne get called up, but i worry that having lost his place to callum, his head has been a bit down lately and the form looks a little off. Playing in Brazil would sort that, and he's a quality player.
[quote][p][bold]Shrewdsaint[/bold] wrote: Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.[/p][/quote]It would be awesome to see clyne get called up, but i worry that having lost his place to callum, his head has been a bit down lately and the form looks a little off. Playing in Brazil would sort that, and he's a quality player. City Saint
  • Score: 0

2:54am Fri 2 May 14

Rising_Son says...

City Saint wrote:
Shrewdsaint wrote:
Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.
It would be awesome to see clyne get called up, but i worry that having lost his place to callum, his head has been a bit down lately and the form looks a little off. Playing in Brazil would sort that, and he's a quality player.
He was awesome against Everton and would probably sort Brazil out.
[quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrewdsaint[/bold] wrote: Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.[/p][/quote]It would be awesome to see clyne get called up, but i worry that having lost his place to callum, his head has been a bit down lately and the form looks a little off. Playing in Brazil would sort that, and he's a quality player.[/p][/quote]He was awesome against Everton and would probably sort Brazil out. Rising_Son
  • Score: 1

3:33am Fri 2 May 14

el caballo santos101 says...

Rising_Son wrote:
City Saint wrote:
Shrewdsaint wrote:
Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.
It would be awesome to see clyne get called up, but i worry that having lost his place to callum, his head has been a bit down lately and the form looks a little off. Playing in Brazil would sort that, and he's a quality player.
He was awesome against Everton and would probably sort Brazil out.
I thought he was superb against Everton and not only kept their wide man quiet but also prevented Baines from getting forward, oh and he made Baines look very poor defensively and did him for pace several times.
Roy said a while ago that clyne was in his thinking but needed more game time. He must have known how bad walkers injury is for a while and it wouldn't surprise me if Roy was at SMS to watch clyne, cork must have also shown how much better he is than cleverly as well.
Come on Roy your going to need saints players after the world cup so why not use some more now!
[quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrewdsaint[/bold] wrote: Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.[/p][/quote]It would be awesome to see clyne get called up, but i worry that having lost his place to callum, his head has been a bit down lately and the form looks a little off. Playing in Brazil would sort that, and he's a quality player.[/p][/quote]He was awesome against Everton and would probably sort Brazil out.[/p][/quote]I thought he was superb against Everton and not only kept their wide man quiet but also prevented Baines from getting forward, oh and he made Baines look very poor defensively and did him for pace several times. Roy said a while ago that clyne was in his thinking but needed more game time. He must have known how bad walkers injury is for a while and it wouldn't surprise me if Roy was at SMS to watch clyne, cork must have also shown how much better he is than cleverly as well. Come on Roy your going to need saints players after the world cup so why not use some more now! el caballo santos101
  • Score: 2

7:26am Fri 2 May 14

Epsom Saint says...

el caballo santos101 wrote:
Rising_Son wrote:
City Saint wrote:
Shrewdsaint wrote:
Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.
It would be awesome to see clyne get called up, but i worry that having lost his place to callum, his head has been a bit down lately and the form looks a little off. Playing in Brazil would sort that, and he's a quality player.
He was awesome against Everton and would probably sort Brazil out.
I thought he was superb against Everton and not only kept their wide man quiet but also prevented Baines from getting forward, oh and he made Baines look very poor defensively and did him for pace several times.
Roy said a while ago that clyne was in his thinking but needed more game time. He must have known how bad walkers injury is for a while and it wouldn't surprise me if Roy was at SMS to watch clyne, cork must have also shown how much better he is than cleverly as well.
Come on Roy your going to need saints players after the world cup so why not use some more now!
The press are talking about Flanagan being next in line....
[quote][p][bold]el caballo santos101[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rising_Son[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]City Saint[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shrewdsaint[/bold] wrote: Got to be Rickie. I notice Nat Clyne's odds of getting in the squad have gone from 30/1 to 10/1 since they announced Walker is injured. There's no one after Johnson who can compete, well maybe Calum.[/p][/quote]It would be awesome to see clyne get called up, but i worry that having lost his place to callum, his head has been a bit down lately and the form looks a little off. Playing in Brazil would sort that, and he's a quality player.[/p][/quote]He was awesome against Everton and would probably sort Brazil out.[/p][/quote]I thought he was superb against Everton and not only kept their wide man quiet but also prevented Baines from getting forward, oh and he made Baines look very poor defensively and did him for pace several times. Roy said a while ago that clyne was in his thinking but needed more game time. He must have known how bad walkers injury is for a while and it wouldn't surprise me if Roy was at SMS to watch clyne, cork must have also shown how much better he is than cleverly as well. Come on Roy your going to need saints players after the world cup so why not use some more now![/p][/quote]The press are talking about Flanagan being next in line.... Epsom Saint
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