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Lambert deserves England call-up, says Puncheon

20 April 2013 16:17

Southampton midfielder Jason Puncheon believes his team-mate Rickie Lambert deserves to be in contention for the next England squad.

The striker has taken to the English Premier League impressively in his first season in the top flight, scoring 14 goals.

But despite his performances, he has so far been overlooked for England duty by manager Roy Hodgson.

Puncheon believes it is because he plays for Southampton and not one of the country's top sides.

"If Rickie played for a top five or six club who knows if he would make the England squad," Puncheon told reporters.

"I'm sure Rickie feels it's unfair he's not been picked so far given how good his form has been but that's just the way it is.

"It's unfortunate for him and it's a shame for England because Rickie could do a job for his country.

"There is so much more to his game than goals. A lot of people don't realise he is a fabulous footballer too.

"He's got great feet, excellent movement and reads the game really well. He's not just a target man, he's a very intelligent player."

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