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The 31-year-old was a surprise call-up to the Three Lions squad set to face Scotland on Wednesday, and he feels it will give uncapped players hope for their future

Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is eager to make an immediate impact for England after being handed his first international call-up.

The 31-year-old is in line to make his Three Lions bow against Scotland on Wednesday after impressing on the Saints' return to the Premier League last season, with 15 goals to his name.

Lambert is confident he can produce the goods on the international stage after climbing the ranks in domestic football, and is now hopeful Roy Hodgson will afford him the opportunity to do so.

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"I'm enjoying it and trying to take everything in," he told reporters. "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."

Lambert believes his surprise call-up can give other uncapped players hope of receiving the same.

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."

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