Lambert can make England's World Cup squad - Pochettino

The Saints boss was over the moon with his side's 2-0 win over Fulham, while Martin Jol admitted he feared his team would be on the end of a 'hammering' at half-time
Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino believes Rickie Lambert will make England's World Cup squad if he maintains his current form.

The Saints striker scored one and assisted a second in the club's 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday evening, with several other English players such as Adam Lallana, Nathaniel Clyne and James Ward-Prowse impressing.

When questioned on whether Roy Hodgson will look to Lambert & Co ahead of the World Cup in Brazil, the Argentine indicated that the former Bristol City, Stockport and Macclesfield Town striker deserves a chance.

"Of course I feel a special bond with my players," he told reporters. "I wish they could all go to Brazil to the World Cup. I'm not the one to make the decision but wish them all best.

"Rickie Lambert is an amazingly important player for Southampton. He showed that today - how good he is. Hopefully he can keep on putting in performances as he did today - that will more than anything, more than likely take him to Brazil."

On the game itself the former Espanyol manager was delighted with both his side's victory and the way in which they recorded it, but insisted his team will not get ahead of themselves just yet.

"I want to congratulate my players because they put in an extraordinary performance today," he added. "It was about how we won today, and I just think we played fantastically well. I'm very satisfied and very proud [about] another clean sheet.

"I've been saying the sky is the limit, we don't set limits. The position of table right now is not important, the main thing is that we keep on performing as we have been already."

Cottagers manager Martin Jol, however, was disappointed with the way in which his side conceded on Saturday evening, before admitting 2-0 was probably a kind scoreline after a below-par display from his players.

He said: "[After the] first half I thought we could be on the end of a hammering today, to come away with a 0-0 in the second half [was] the only good thing today. The goals were a corner again and a cross and a flick on, so that was disappointing.

"We couldn't get the [ball forward] becuase they pressed us. My keeper tried to play football but he shouldn't, because they try to invite you. You ask for problems, we said it before the match, because even Manchester United couldn't get out of their half against them last week.

"You need a good passing game to get the ball to your best players. Even my best players were not aggressive enough - Berbatov and Bent - to keep the ball. I think it's disappointing for [Southampton] that they didn't score more than two goals, becuase second half they didn't play as good."