Last Updated: Mon, 28 Oct 2013 10:50
Mauricio Pochettino is confident that Rickie Lambert will be in England's World Cup squad if he maintains his Southampton form.
The Saints' chief singled out the striker for special praise following Saturday's one-sided 2-0 win against Fulham at St Mary's in which Lambert scored the opener, hit the post and created the second goal for Jay Rodriguez.
It was a big response from the player, who had to be content with coming off the substitutes' bench in the second half of the 1-1 draw at Manchester United a week earlier. And Pochettino was delighted with his performance and insisted that Lambert is in with a great chance of being in Roy Hodgson's plans for next summer's tournament in Brazil.
He told the Daily Echo: "It's very important for him to be in a club that is high up the table for his chances of going to Brazil to the World Cup.
"He's more visible and more publicly known when a player is playing for a top club that is playing well for his future to the national side."
Pochettino added: "I feel a special bond with my players and I wish they could all go to Brazil to the World Cup.
"I know that's not possible but I'm not making those decisions but I wish him all the best. That's something that Mr Hodgson has to worry about, not me.
"I have been saying for a couple of weeks that Rickie Lambert is an amazingly important player for Southampton.
"He showed how good he is and hopefully he can keep on putting in performances as he did and that will more than likely take him to Brazil."
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