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  • "What ever else, it's a bit rich that Hodgson has gone public congratulating Liverpool on signing Lambert! It not really on, and shows lack of respect for Southampton FC who have not even announced it yet!

    Focus on England big mouth Hodgson, not Liverpool pr!"
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England manager Roy Hodgson congratulates Liverpool on signing Rickie Lambert and says the striker is "very happy" ahead of his transfer from Southampton

Basingstoke Gazette: Rickie Lambert Rickie Lambert

England manager Roy Hodgson has congratulated Liverpool on signing Rickie Lambert from Saints.

The striker’s transfer to Anfield is due to be completed tomorrow, although the player himself will be at a pre-World Cup training camp in Miami by that point.

Lambert passed a medical in Liverpool yesterday and has agreed a two-year contract with the club he supports.

The 32-year-old was an unused substitute for England in Friday night’s 3-0 win against Peru, at Wembley, but is set to feature in Wednesday’s friendly against Ecuador.

Hodgson, who used to manage the Reds, is expecting Lambert to be full of enthusiasm when he takes to the field at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.

“He is very happy, I am happy for him and I congratulate Liverpool on signing a good player,” he said.

“I am sure that when he plays against Ecuador you will see a fella running around with all the joy that his heart can muster, because he is very happy to be here with England and he is very happy that the move to Liverpool has gone through.”

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