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Ex-Southampton boss Merrington: Lambert deserves England call

Former Southampton manager Dave Merrington says Ricki Lambert deserves an England call.

Lambert hit his 100th goal for Saints on Sunday at Newcastle United.

"It is a fantastic achievement [to get 100 goals]," Merrington told BBC Radio.

"The boy has done exceptionally well, he has come up through the divisions.

"As a target man he is second to none. He runs the channels well and sees a pass. He can deliver a pass, he works the back post as good as anyone in the country now, including foreign players and his biggest asset is he gets goals.

"You give him the service and he will score goals. He is a good player for Southampton.

"Now, without doubt he should be on Roy Hodgson's radar. He is as good as any English striker in the Premier League and the England manager needs to have a look at him now."

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