Matt Le Tissier: Liverpool Striker Rickie Lambert Should Start For England On Monday

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Rickie Lambert could start against Switzerland on Monday…

Former Southampton and England midfielder Matt Le Tissier believes that Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert should start for England against Switzerland on Monday, in place of the injured Daniel Sturridge.

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Lambert’s fellow Reds striker Sturridge was sent for a scan after picking up the knock in training on Friday, and Le Tissier believes that manager Roy Hodgson should put his faith in another Anfield hit-man.

Hodgson’s men are preparing face Switzerland in their opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Basel, and will now be without one of their key players, further stretching the Three Lions already limited attacking options.

And Le Tissier, who was speaking to TalkSport, believes that Lambert, who has scored three goals in eight England caps, should get the nod: “England’s options up front are fairly limited,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast show. “I’d like to see Rickie Lambert given a start.

“He’s not let England down when he’s played so far and has got a couple of goals. I know Roy might want a little bit more pace up front, but, as a hold up man, there’s no one better in the squad.”

Lambert has made a slow start to his career at Anfield, where he is behind Sturridge and the newly arrived Mario Balotelli in the striking pecking order.

However, the 32-year-old scored 106 goals in 207 league appearances for Southampton between 2009 and 2014, ahead of his move to Merseyside this summer, and will be hoping for the chance to show what he can do.

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