Southampton’s Puncheon thinks Lambert could do job for England

Southampton star Jason Puncheon believes striker Rickie Lambert would be a regular choice for England if he played for a top-six club, according to Sky Sports.

Lambert is the top English goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 14 strikes to his name, but Puncheon believes he will continually be overlooked for England because he plays for a club presently outside of European contention.

Puncheon also took the time to praise Lambert’s overall game as opposed to simply his goalscoring abilities.

“If Rickie played for a top five or six club who knows if he would make the England squad,” said Puncheon.

“I’m sure Rickie feels it’s unfair he’s not been picked so far given how good his form has been but that’s just the way it is. It’s unfortunate for him and it’s a shame for England because Rickie could do a job for his country.

“There is so much more to his game than goals. A lot of people don’t realise he is a fabulous footballer too.

“He’s got great feet, excellent movement and reads the game really well. He’s not just a targetman, he’s a very intelligent player.”

Lambert joined Saints from Bristol Rovers in 2009 for a fee of around £1m and has become a hero at St. Mary’s, with almost 100 goals to his name in the red and white shirt.

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