England boss says people have misjudged striker
England manager Roy Hodgson has hit out at those who misjudged Rickie Lambert, including himself, reports the Independent.
Hodgson had the opportunity to sign Lambert whilst he was manager at Fulham but admitted his prejudice over the striker not having played over League One affected his decision.
Lambert was playing with Bristol Rovers at the time where he would go on to score 59 goals in 155 games before moving to current club Southampton.
“In football we go down roads sometimes and say ‘This is what a center-forward should look like’. Sometimes we forget that you can still be a good center-forward or right-back or center-half without having those qualities,” The Independent reports Hodgson as saying.
“That’s what we tend to do these days. Perhaps Rickie is someone who has come into that category. They have watched him and then found a fault, i.e. he can’t run like Theo Walcott.” The England boss added.
Lambert was given a starting place for England for the first time against Moldova and didn’t disappoint – scoring once and making two assists in a convincing 4-0 win for England.
The 31-year-old now has now scored in both games he has played for the national side since winning his first cap in August.
The striker will once again lead the line for the Three Lions as they look to win a vital match against Ukraine.
Danny Welbeck will be the only change from the side that won at Wembley on Friday as the striker is suspended after picking up his second yellow card in the qualifying campaign.