Southampton: Adam Lallana hopes to follow Rickie Lambert's lead

Adam Lallana

Southampton skipper Adam Lallana wants to emulate team-mate Rickie Lambert and become a regular member of Roy Hodgson's England squad.

The 25-year-old received his one and so far only England call-up over a year ago as a late replacement for a World Cup qualifier against Ukraine.

Lallana has not been picked since but says Lambert's involvement with the national side is an inspiration.

"It's an ambition for the future," he told BBC Radio Solent.

Lambert, 31, has won three England caps, scoring twice, and is in the squad for the final World Cup qualifying games against Montenegro and Poland.

"I've been playing with Rickie for quite a few years now and for him to be called up regularly is brilliant," said midfielder Lallana, who has been in fine form for Saints and scored his first goal of this season last weekend against Swansea.

"I've got someone I'm playing with at the moment who is living the dream and I want to emulate him and what he has achieved. I'm delighted for him and the club."

Southampton are currently fourth in the Premier League, having won four of their seven games, with only one defeat.