Southampton striker Ricki Lambert is happy to keep proving his doubters wrong.
After goals in wins over Scotland and then Moldova, it was claimed the step up in class against Ukraine last month would see Lambert struggle.
But the 31-year-old Scouser, who spent most of his career playing in the lower leagues for the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers, smiled: “I couldn’t pay someone to give me motivation like that.
“I think I’ve realised lately that, over the years, I have been driven on by remarks like that. To be honest, that’s the sort of thing that drives me on - to try and prove these people wrong.
“Obviously I’m driven inside anyway, I want to do well. So it doesn’t actually bother me what people say.
“I focus on myself and as long as my team, my manager and the fans are happy with me, that’s all I am bothered about.
“I have always had negative comments like that and I always will. I will just have to try and prove them wrong again.”
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