Rickie Lambert: World Cup call-up "hasn't sunk in"

Rickie Lambert admits that he still cannot believe that he has been called up to England's World Cup squad.

Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert has admitted that his call-up to Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad has not yet sunk in, but it caps off a brilliant five years for him.

Lambert said that he has always enjoyed watching World Cups but never expected to play in one, and the fact that Southampton players are in the squad shows the progress the club has made in recent seasons.

"It still hasn't sunk in that I'm going to a World Cup," Lambert told BBC Sport. "I grew up watching a video called Brazil 70, that is what I used to watch every Saturday morning. Brazil represents football.

"If I wasn't going to the World Cup I would be watching it on TV. The fact I am going is frightening, I cannot wait.

"It's unbelievable for the club and it is remarkable how far it has come in five years. It has been the best five years of my career and this has topped it off."

Lambert has two goals in four appearances for England.

Theo Walcott of England congratulates Rickie Lambert of England on scoring their second goal during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifying Group H match between England and Moldova at Wembley Stadium on September 6, 2013
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