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Southampton hero Shearer: Lambert must go to Brazil

Former Southampton striker Alan Shearer says Ricki Lambert deserves to be in England's World Cup squad.

Three Lions boss Roy Hodgson is set to name his squad for the finals on Monday following the end to the Barclays Premier League season.

"One of the reasons I would take Rickie Lambert is for that eventuality - how important have penalties been for England at major tournaments in the last 25 years?" said Shearer.

"Lambert's record from penalties for Southampton is amazing, but I would take him to Brazil on merit for his overall contribution.

"To have him on your team, knowing that if it goes to a shoot-out he is a virtual banker, is a great feeling for a coach.

"In open play, if we are struggling to score, he is a great option to have - he came on and scored with his first touch in international football against Scotland at Wembley, and that is a decent knack to have.

"My four picks as forwards would be Rooney, Sturridge, Welbeck and Lambert.

"You don't need to play for one of the top four to get a game for England now - look at all the Southampton players who are in contention."

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