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The Saints winger believes the Liverpudlian striker, who is the top English goalscorer in the Premier League this season with 14 goals, deserves an international call-up

Jason Puncheon believes his Southampton team-mate Rickie Lambert deserves to be in contention for the next England squad.

The Saints striker has taken to the Premier League impressively in his first season at this level, scoring 14 goals, making him the division's topscoring Englishman.

But despite his performances, he has been overlooked for Three Lions duty by Roy Hodgson so far. Puncheon believes it is because he plays for Southampton and not one of the country's top sides.

"If Rickie played for a top five or six club who knows if he would make the England squad," Puncheon told reporters.

"I'm sure Rickie feels it's unfair he's not been picked so far given how good his form has been but that's just the way it is. It's unfortunate for him and it's a shame for England because Rickie could do a job for his country.

"There is so much more to his game than goals. A lot of people don't realise he is a fabulous footballer too.

"He's got great feet, excellent movement and reads the game really well. He's not just a target man, he's a very intelligent player."

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