Hodgson to lead Englandís attack with Lambert in absence of Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck
Opportunity doesn’t coming knocking twice and Rickie Lambert is well aware of that. The Southampton striker’s form can be compared to wine that only gets better with age. The 31-year-old is showing great form for club and country as of late.
Lambert admits he is hoping to take full advantage of injured-absence of Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney to cement his place in the first-team of England. Rooney, who is out of action because of a head injury and Sturridge, who is picked up an ankle injury, were key part of Roy Hodgson’s squad.
However, since the duo is absent Hodgson has been scavenging for strikers. Lambert, who scored his maiden goal for England earlier this year, made his first full appearance in the 4-0 demolition of Moldova on Friday at the World Cup qualifiers. Lambert headed back home with a goal and an assist, but that’s not all. Lambert also grabbed two assists in a friendly against Scotland back in August.
“I'm trying to impress and give another option and hopefully I did that [against Moldova],” Lambert said. “I understand the situation and I've tried to take the opportunity and give a different option. I've got another chance to impress on Tuesday so that is what I will be trying to do.
“I feel like I have to impress because of my situation. I have to impress in training, I have to impress in the game and thankfully [against Moldova] I have managed to score again so hopefully that has given a different option.”
Hodgson has grown confident about using Lambert in his first-team. The striker is expected to lead England’s attack on Tuesday when the Three Lions meet Ukraine. Since Danny Welbeck is suspended Hodgson might put Lambert in front as a lone striker or give him a young pair of legs as assistance.
“I'm overjoyed with the way it has gone,” Lambert said about his international career. “It's only my second game so I hope there is more to come but being away with them for the amount of days has really helped me. I'm still getting to know the lads. I've watched them on TV like everyone else but I don't really know them personally so to get to know them has been brilliant.
“It's very surreal and it is beyond my imagination what is happening at the minute but I am trying to stay cool and do what is important.”