Rickie Lambert eager to reproduce Southampton form with England
England new-boy Rickie Lambert is confident he can transfer his domestic form to the international stage after receiving his first Three Lions call-up ahead of the friendly against Scotland.
Lambert has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last few seasons and was the highest-scoring English striker in the top flight last term, with his 15 goals propelling Southampton to Premier League safety.
His goalscoring displays have not gone unnoticed by England boss Roy Hodgson and Lambert believes he can make an impact if selected to face Gordon Strachan's side on Wednesday.
He said: "I'm enjoying it and trying to take everything in. I'm trying to get here again and trying to do well and impress, and hopefully get another chance.
"I'm always confident I can score goals, I've always said that. Whoever I'm playing, whatever game it is, if I get a chance I'm confident I can take it.
"My main focus is trying to play well. And if I can score a goal that's brilliant."
The 31-year-old is the only outfield player in Hodgson's squad who plays for a club outside of last season's top seven and he believes his selection will encourage other top flight players.
He added: "I hope it sends a message. I never gave up hope that he would call me up.
"Hopefully that sends a message out that if you are performing, and you do believe in chances, you will get the chance."