Lambert: World Cup has been a dream and a nightmare

Rickie Lambert

Rickie Lambert

First published in Football

FORMER Saints striker Rickie Lambert says the World Cup has provided him with the best and worst moments of his career.

The 32-year-old’s rise from obscurity has been well documented. His remarkable story continued this summer with a move to boyhood club Liverpool after his place in England’s 23-man squad heading to Brazil was confirmed.

However, England’s stay in Brazil has been short and unpleasant, with defeats to Italy and Uruguay meaning their elimination from the competition is already confirmed with a game still to play.

All that is left is Tuesday’s dead rubber against surprise package Costa Rica before they fly home at the end of a frustrating tournament.

“It’s a difficult scenario to be in, everyone’s disappointed about what’s happened and the fact that we’ve got one more game left,” said Lambert, who came on as a substitute in the defeat to Uruguay.

“But we’ve got to be professional and we’ve got to give our best and get three points to finish on a high against Costa Rica.

“It’s been the best experience of my career and probably the worst experience at the same time.

“It’s always difficult being an England fan and getting knocked out, but this time being involved is devastating to get knocked out at an early stage.

“It was probably the worst moment of my career when the final whistle went and we were knocked out of the World Cup,” he added.

“It was horrible. Maybe I might look back in years to come and think ‘I’ve played in a World Cup’, that will live with me forever. But I can’t remember any moments that are as bad as that.”

 

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8:03pm Sun 22 Jun 14

noodlesnewman says...

He s at diverpool now to replace suarez does anyone give a to ss ??
He s at diverpool now to replace suarez does anyone give a to ss ?? noodlesnewman
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8:03pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Confucious says...

You'll have to get used to it Rickie - Liverpool always lose when it matters.
You'll have to get used to it Rickie - Liverpool always lose when it matters. Confucious
  • Score: 11

8:21pm Sun 22 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

Sorry Rickie, you have left the promised land, it's all down hill from now on.
Sorry Rickie, you have left the promised land, it's all down hill from now on. OSPREYSAINT
  • Score: 7

9:00pm Sun 22 Jun 14

thinklikealocal says...

First 10 games on the bench next season might make you rethink the worst moment of your career. Understand your motives and will always appreciate your contribution to SFC but I think you've made a mistake going to Liverpool. Ho hum.
First 10 games on the bench next season might make you rethink the worst moment of your career. Understand your motives and will always appreciate your contribution to SFC but I think you've made a mistake going to Liverpool. Ho hum. thinklikealocal
  • Score: 16

9:01pm Sun 22 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

You are a saints legend,the best million pounds ever spent but I hate to be the bearer of bad news
YOUR NIGHTMARE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN
Should have stayed where you were loved
You are a saints legend,the best million pounds ever spent but I hate to be the bearer of bad news YOUR NIGHTMARE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN Should have stayed where you were loved bullsbags
  • Score: 14

9:10pm Sun 22 Jun 14

St Van Roetford says...

noodlesnewman wrote:
He s at diverpool now to replace suarez does anyone give a to ss ??
I do. He's still my favourite ever Saints player. I even got in a fight during the Uruguay game with some gobby manc who said he wasn't international class (and I'm literally the least fitey person ever).

We're only going home early because Roy didn't play him enough.
[quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: He s at diverpool now to replace suarez does anyone give a to ss ??[/p][/quote]I do. He's still my favourite ever Saints player. I even got in a fight during the Uruguay game with some gobby manc who said he wasn't international class (and I'm literally the least fitey person ever). We're only going home early because Roy didn't play him enough. St Van Roetford
  • Score: 8

9:20pm Sun 22 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
noodlesnewman wrote:
He s at diverpool now to replace suarez does anyone give a to ss ??
I do. He's still my favourite ever Saints player. I even got in a fight during the Uruguay game with some gobby manc who said he wasn't international class (and I'm literally the least fitey person ever).

We're only going home early because Roy didn't play him enough.
We are going home early because we have a crap defence and a captain who is past it
On another note I see Gerrard hasn't even got the grace to say he will retire from international football, obviously fancies another 20 caps with friendlies and the easiest euro qualifying group you could wish for, DISGRACEFUL
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]noodlesnewman[/bold] wrote: He s at diverpool now to replace suarez does anyone give a to ss ??[/p][/quote]I do. He's still my favourite ever Saints player. I even got in a fight during the Uruguay game with some gobby manc who said he wasn't international class (and I'm literally the least fitey person ever). We're only going home early because Roy didn't play him enough.[/p][/quote]We are going home early because we have a crap defence and a captain who is past it On another note I see Gerrard hasn't even got the grace to say he will retire from international football, obviously fancies another 20 caps with friendlies and the easiest euro qualifying group you could wish for, DISGRACEFUL bullsbags
  • Score: 5

9:50pm Sun 22 Jun 14

St Van Roetford says...

This Algerian keeper is decent.
This Algerian keeper is decent. St Van Roetford
  • Score: 2

10:23pm Sun 22 Jun 14

bullsbags says...

St Van Roetford wrote:
This Algerian keeper is decent.
The whole Algerian side are decent
Like a lot of the nations at the wc ther players realise that if they put in 2 or 3 decent performances they can get a move to a club and earn a living they could only have dreamed of,unlike certain players from certain countries closer to home who look like they couldn't give a sh!t knowing another 150 k will be deposited in their bank accounts this week
[quote][p][bold]St Van Roetford[/bold] wrote: This Algerian keeper is decent.[/p][/quote]The whole Algerian side are decent Like a lot of the nations at the wc ther players realise that if they put in 2 or 3 decent performances they can get a move to a club and earn a living they could only have dreamed of,unlike certain players from certain countries closer to home who look like they couldn't give a sh!t knowing another 150 k will be deposited in their bank accounts this week bullsbags
  • Score: 3

11:09pm Sun 22 Jun 14

Chapperall says...

He had better get used to it as he will only be a part timer at Diverpool. He will always be welcome back at Saints.
Sorry Ricky not interested in you anymore onwards and upwards !
He had better get used to it as he will only be a part timer at Diverpool. He will always be welcome back at Saints. Sorry Ricky not interested in you anymore onwards and upwards ! Chapperall
  • Score: 3

12:41am Mon 23 Jun 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Don't get splinters Rickie!
Don't get splinters Rickie! Jan28th1984
  • Score: 3

7:00am Mon 23 Jun 14

chapellady says...

Sorry to say Rickie but your dream move to Liverpool looks likely to be a nightmare too. Boyhood dream aside, at Saints your name was the first on the teamsheet and we would sing your song with pride for what you have achieved. You could have ended your career here and been in the Saints hall of fame but it will now fizzle out with 10 minutes here and there and the fickle Liverpol fans not singing about you or calling you their goal machine......
Sorry to say Rickie but your dream move to Liverpool looks likely to be a nightmare too. Boyhood dream aside, at Saints your name was the first on the teamsheet and we would sing your song with pride for what you have achieved. You could have ended your career here and been in the Saints hall of fame but it will now fizzle out with 10 minutes here and there and the fickle Liverpol fans not singing about you or calling you their goal machine...... chapellady
  • Score: 0

9:07am Mon 23 Jun 14

Folkestone Saint says...

With the canibal off to Spain he might get more game time than we think, but how many of us would like to work 95% less than we do now for more money
With the canibal off to Spain he might get more game time than we think, but how many of us would like to work 95% less than we do now for more money Folkestone Saint
  • Score: 0

9:24am Mon 23 Jun 14

Jan28th1984 says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
With the canibal off to Spain he might get more game time than we think, but how many of us would like to work 95% less than we do now for more money
I would.
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: With the canibal off to Spain he might get more game time than we think, but how many of us would like to work 95% less than we do now for more money[/p][/quote]I would. Jan28th1984
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