Rickie relishes England penalty prospect

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

First published in Football

Rickie Lambert would have no qualms about putting his near-perfect penalty record to the test at the World Cup.

England have one of the worst penalty shoot-out records in world football.

The Three Lions have gone out of six of the last 10 major tournaments via the test of nerve from 12 yards and their only victory came against Spain in Euro 96.

If England end up in a penalty shoot-out this summer, they will at least have one man who is supremely confident of finding the net.

Lambert has scored all 34 of his penalty kicks for Saints. He has only missed two in his entire career, and the last one of those came for Bristol Rovers five years ago.

The pressure in a World Cup shoot-out would be much bigger than Lambert is used to, but he would not hesitate.“I would take one, of course I would. I am confident in my ability,” the England striker said. “If the chance comes up I am confident I would score.”

Steven Gerrard, Leighton Baines, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard have all proved to be proficient from the penalty spot throughout their careers. But their record is nowhere near as good as Lambert’s.

Lambert was way down the England pecking order at the start of the 2012-13 season, but he has worked his way into the 23 following two successful years which have yielded 29 goals for Saints.

It is remarkable to think that four years ago he was watching the South Africa World Cup on television a few weeks after failing to make the League One play-offs with Saints.

“I was watching the last World Cup on TV in the New Forest,” Lambert said.

“My career was just starting to pick up. I was in League One and had just joined Southampton.

He added: “Obviously, it was a million miles away from where I am now. If someone had told me then I would be at the next World Cup I would have laughed at them.

“But I would like to think I am here on merit. I think I have proved over two years that I am good enough.”

Lambert started proving his worth to Hodgson by scoring England's winning goal with his first touch against Scotland in August.

He is still likely to be a peripheral figure at the World Cup, due to the fact that he has Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck for competition.

Lambert is determined that his trip to Brazil will not turn into a holiday though.

“It is dangerous if you go there with the mentality you are just going to be on the bench,” he said.

“You definitely don’t want to be thinking your role is just coming on.”

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8:03am Sat 24 May 14

fritzer says...

Good on ya Rick you have a terrific attitude, don't think you'll be on the bench for long we will need you at some stage ithat is fo sure.
Good on ya Rick you have a terrific attitude, don't think you'll be on the bench for long we will need you at some stage ithat is fo sure. fritzer
  • Score: 7

8:33am Sat 24 May 14

Costa Baz says...

If he isn't starting, it would be great to see him come off the bench and change a game.
Like most Saints fans, I have every confidence in him.
If he isn't starting, it would be great to see him come off the bench and change a game. Like most Saints fans, I have every confidence in him. Costa Baz
  • Score: 6

8:42am Sat 24 May 14

Rising_Son says...

He's going to be a World Cup hero.
He's going to be a World Cup hero. Rising_Son
  • Score: 8

8:51am Sat 24 May 14

Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child says...

He's going to win it!
He's going to win it! Cpt. Kirk's illegitimate love child
  • Score: 8

9:07am Sat 24 May 14

DisplacedFan says...

The World Cup will be the perfect exclamation point on a great year for Rickie.
The World Cup will be the perfect exclamation point on a great year for Rickie. DisplacedFan
  • Score: 6

9:16am Sat 24 May 14

NC Fan4Life says...

Good luck Rick score a goal and complete the fairy tale.

Les & Ralph you have had enough time to sort MoPo's new contract so get it done asap ! We can then buy the transfer targets and help convince Adam & Luke to stay at least for one or two more seasons.

I think that the improvement would not cost as much as some people think because if we are quick there are some quality players in Europe that are out of contract this summer so we should find one or two quality ones that we want.
Also a part exchange of Jos Hoover + say £8m for Steven Caulker, similarly, Osvaldo + say £7m? for a proven top quality big striker.
Go for a goalkeeper, Reddy &/or Marshall @ say £5m? as both have been relegated; and a good pacy winger with a good cross @ say £9m?.
A Total expenditure of £29m, which is within the clubs financial capability, when looking at the incoming money.
These 5 or 6 quality additions would convince Adam & Luke that they would have just as good a chance of getting a Champions League place next season as Manure or Spurs have.
Come on Les, get a move on !
Good luck Rick score a goal and complete the fairy tale. Les & Ralph you have had enough time to sort MoPo's new contract so get it done asap ! We can then buy the transfer targets and help convince Adam & Luke to stay at least for one or two more seasons. I think that the improvement would not cost as much as some people think because if we are quick there are some quality players in Europe that are out of contract this summer so we should find one or two quality ones that we want. Also a part exchange of Jos Hoover + say £8m for Steven Caulker, similarly, Osvaldo + say £7m? for a proven top quality big striker. Go for a goalkeeper, Reddy &/or Marshall @ say £5m? as both have been relegated; and a good pacy winger with a good cross @ say £9m?. A Total expenditure of £29m, which is within the clubs financial capability, when looking at the incoming money. These 5 or 6 quality additions would convince Adam & Luke that they would have just as good a chance of getting a Champions League place next season as Manure or Spurs have. Come on Les, get a move on ! NC Fan4Life
  • Score: 5

6:07pm Sat 24 May 14

fritzer says...

NC Fan4Life wrote:
Good luck Rick score a goal and complete the fairy tale.

Les & Ralph you have had enough time to sort MoPo's new contract so get it done asap ! We can then buy the transfer targets and help convince Adam & Luke to stay at least for one or two more seasons.

I think that the improvement would not cost as much as some people think because if we are quick there are some quality players in Europe that are out of contract this summer so we should find one or two quality ones that we want.
Also a part exchange of Jos Hoover + say £8m for Steven Caulker, similarly, Osvaldo + say £7m? for a proven top quality big striker.
Go for a goalkeeper, Reddy &/or Marshall @ say £5m? as both have been relegated; and a good pacy winger with a good cross @ say £9m?.
A Total expenditure of £29m, which is within the clubs financial capability, when looking at the incoming money.
These 5 or 6 quality additions would convince Adam & Luke that they would have just as good a chance of getting a Champions League place next season as Manure or Spurs have.
Come on Les, get a move on !
And also renew our season tickets !!!!!!!!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]NC Fan4Life[/bold] wrote: Good luck Rick score a goal and complete the fairy tale. Les & Ralph you have had enough time to sort MoPo's new contract so get it done asap ! We can then buy the transfer targets and help convince Adam & Luke to stay at least for one or two more seasons. I think that the improvement would not cost as much as some people think because if we are quick there are some quality players in Europe that are out of contract this summer so we should find one or two quality ones that we want. Also a part exchange of Jos Hoover + say £8m for Steven Caulker, similarly, Osvaldo + say £7m? for a proven top quality big striker. Go for a goalkeeper, Reddy &/or Marshall @ say £5m? as both have been relegated; and a good pacy winger with a good cross @ say £9m?. A Total expenditure of £29m, which is within the clubs financial capability, when looking at the incoming money. These 5 or 6 quality additions would convince Adam & Luke that they would have just as good a chance of getting a Champions League place next season as Manure or Spurs have. Come on Les, get a move on ![/p][/quote]And also renew our season tickets !!!!!!!!!!!! fritzer
  • Score: 3

2:12pm Sun 25 May 14

Rudolf Hucker says...

Unfortunately Rickie can only take 1 penalty, if the game goes to that. Not even the World cup will phase him....I am utterly confident.
Unfortunately Rickie can only take 1 penalty, if the game goes to that. Not even the World cup will phase him....I am utterly confident. Rudolf Hucker
  • Score: 1

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