Southampton star talks up England call

Rickie Lambert, SouthamptonSouthampton forward Rickie Lambert is convinced his team-mate Jay Rodriguez will earn an England call-up if he keeps playing well.

The striking pair have both touted as possible contenders for the national team this season after playing a key role in helping the Saints move away from the Premier League’s relegation zone.

Calls for Lambert’s inclusion in Roy Hodgson’s plans have been made for some time off the back of his impressive scoring record for the South-Coast club during their rise through the divisions.

However, the 14-goal man’s sidekick is making an equally compiling case with his form since Mauricio Pochettino’s appointment as manager really catching the eye and justifying Nigel Adkins’ decision in the first place to sign him from Burnley for £7m.

“I think it is only a matter of time before Jay does get a chance with England if he carries on like this,” said Lambert.

“Everyone has seen what a good player he is. It makes my job so much easier when playing alongside him.

“He is like a player reborn. At the start of the season he wasn’t as confident as he hoped he would be – but slowly and surely the confidence has come back.”

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