Rickie Lambert - Southampton

Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana has revealed how surprised he was that Saints striker Rickie Lambert was not called into Roy Hodgson’s England squad last week to face Brazil.

Lambert is the leading English scorer in the Premier League with 11 goals this season in his first year at the top level of English football.

That comes after scoring 31 goals last season to help Southampton to promotion and yet Hodgson is still selecting strikers such as Danny Welbeck who has just one goal to his name all season.

Lallana himself has been expected to pick up his first international cap after his impressive midfield displays this season and young left back Luke Shaw has also been mentioned to be in with a chance of making the squad in the near future.

However Lallana was more surprised that Lambert wasn’t selected than anything else especially after two strikers from the original squad withdrew due to injury.

“Yes I was (surprised), especially after Defoe and Sturridge picked up knocks,” Lallana told The Sun.

“He’s got 11 Premier League goals which is the highest Englishman in the league. The stats are there.

“He’s been absolutely outstanding for us and as long as we’ve got him fit and ready for us, that’s all I’m worried about.

“He deserves it. How far he’s come in such a short space is unbelievable.”

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