Nigel Adkins "ecstatic" for Rickie Lambert after England call-up

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Reading manager Nigel Adkins praises Rickie Lambert's work ethic for earning a call-up to the senior England squad.

Reading manager Nigel Adkins believes that Southampton striker Rickie Lambert's England call-up is "fantastic".

The 31-year-old could make his debut for the Three Lions in a friendly against Scotland next week, and Adkins believes that the forward's hard work has paid off.

"I think it's fantastic news for him," Adkins told Sky Sports News. "I'm absolutely ecstatic for him. Rickie just shows that if you persevere and work hard, [you] get the opportunity.

"It's great for him. He scores goals, he contributes, he assists. I really hope he gets on the pitch and goes on and scores."

Lambert worked under Adkins during the coach's time at Southampton.

Rickie Lambert celebrates his goal with Jack Cork against Chelsea on January 16, 2013
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