Lambert plays his part
The domestic calendar makes a welcome return this weekend and the newest Southampton player to represent his country will be reflecting on a job well done - but it wasn't all plain sailing.
September 12th, 2013
At 31 years old, Rickie Lambert capped his second game for the Three Lions against Moldova with a goal and two assists, but it was a completely different kettle of fish against Ukraine on Tuesday evening.
After an unfortunate suspension for Danny Welbeck and injuries to Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge, Saints striker Rickie Lambert had to lead the line on his own in Kiev. In a game that England ultimately did not want to lose, it was a scrappy and disjointed performance. Chances were few and far between, and it made for frustrating viewing.
It was hardly a match that will live long in the memory of England fans, but it now puts qualification for next summer’s World Cup completely in our own hands.
Whatever Lambert’s involvement is in those remaining qualifiers, should England qualify he can hold his head up high and say that he played his part in helping his country reach the finals in Brazil.
Attention now switches to West Ham’s visit to St Mary’s on Sunday. After a disappointing performance away at Norwich resulted in Southampton’s first loss of the season, fans will be hopeful of getting back to winning ways at the first time of asking.
A win will put Southampton on seven points after four games, which represents a good start to the season. West Ham have similar aspirations as the Saints, hoping themselves to break into the top ten this season. Sunday’s fixture could tell us a lot about which team is more likely to achieve that.