Southampton boss Pochettino backing Lambert for England

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

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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