Southampton boss Pochettino backing Lambert for England

Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino says Ricki Lambert deserves an England call.

Lambert had spells at ­Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers before finally reaching the top flight with Southampton.

Former Argentina World Cup defender Pochettino said: “For me, he’s an ­extraordinary footballer. When I see his career, I’m surprised he hasn’t played longer in the Premier League.

“He has many ­qualities and none are outstanding over the others. It’s well known he’s a good player, he can shoot well and he’s skilful, what surprised me is his mentality.”

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