Southampton's Rickie Lambert claims he is good enough for England after draw with Wigan

Wigan Athletic 2 Southampton 2

Rickie Lambert will be 31 a week on Saturday. He has spent all but the last six months of his career in the lower divisions, but after scoring his 11th goal of the Premier League season for Southampton in their 2-2 draw at Wigan, he says he is disappointed not to be looking forward to an England cap this week.

Watch the highlights from this game right here

Lambert is the joint highest-scoring Englishman in the top flight with Theo Walcott - and one ahead of Wayne Rooney. But he was overlooked by Roy Hodgson for Wednesday's friendly against Brazil. The brave header that stirred a Southampton fightback at Wigan leaves Lambert one short of completing 100 for the Saints.

"I'm not saying I expected it - I wasn't," he said, "but I was hoping. I'd like to get a chance because the manager thinks I'm good enough and that's what I've got to prove. I don't think my age is a hindrance."

Lambert's new manager, Mauricio Pochettino, is still looking for his first win after three games in charge after replacing Nigel Adkins. Lambert's header was followed by a third Southampton goal for Morgan Schneiderlin, but Shaun Maloney stole a late point for Wigan after the visitors, who had gone behind to a Gary Caldwell header, conceded at a corner for a second time in the game.

Eleven Wigan players will be away this week, a frustration for manager Roberto Martinez after just one win in 12 in the league. "It is tough because we don't have the size of squad to rest and rotate people," Martinez said. "Sometimes you ask how beneficial it can be playing a friendly at this stage of the season."

Match facts

Goals: Wigan Caldwell 25, Maloney 90. Southampton Lambert 64, Schneiderlin 85. Substitutions: Wigan Gomez 7 (Stam, 56), McManaman (Espinoza, 75), Henriquez (McCarthy, 90). Southampton Davis 7 (Ramirez, HT), Lallana 7 (Clyne, 60), Ward-Prowse (Puncheon, 81). Bookings: Southampton Rodriguez, Cork. Man of the match Rodriguez. Match rating 7/10. Possession: Wigan 46%. Southampton 54%. Attempts on target: Wigan 3. Southampton 2. Referee A Marriner (West Midlands). Attendance 18,598.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
David Moyes gets soaked
sport Moyes becomes latest manager to take part in the ALS challenge
Life and Style
techCould new invention save millions in healthcare bills?
Voices
A meteor streaks across the sky during the Perseid Meteor Shower at a wind farm near Bogdanci, south of Skopje, Macedonia, in the early hours of 13 August
voicesHagel and Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise, says Robert Fisk
News
peopleEnglishman managed quintessential Hollywood restaurant Chasen's
Life and Style
food + drinkHarrods launches gourmet food qualification for staff
Arts and Entertainment
Michael Flatley prepares to bid farewell to the West End stage
danceMichael Flatley hits West End for last time alongside Team GB World champion Alice Upcott
News
Members and supporters of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community walk with a rainbow flag during a rally in July
i100
Life and Style
Black Ivory Coffee is made using beans plucked from elephants' waste after ingested by the animals
food + drinkFirm says it has created the "rarest" coffee in the world
Arts and Entertainment
Jamie T plays live in 2007 before going on hiatus from 2010
arts + entsSinger-songwriter will perform on the Festival Republic Stage
Life and Style
food + drinkThese simple recipes will have you refreshed within minutes
News
Jermain Defoe got loads of custard
i100
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Robert Fisk: All this talk of an ‘apocalyptic’ threat is simply childish

Chuck Hagel and Martin Dempsey were pure Hollywood. They only needed Tom Cruise
Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

Mafia Dons: is the Camorra in control of the Granite City?

So claims an EU report which points to the Italian Mob’s alleged grip on everything from public works to property
Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Emmys look set to overhaul the Oscars as Hollywood’s prize draw

Once the poor relation, the awards show now has the top stars and boasts the best drama
What happens to African migrants once they land in Italy during the summer?

What happens to migrants once they land in Italy?

Memphis Barker follows their trail through southern Europe
French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

French connection: After 1,300 years, there’s a bridge to Mont Saint-Michel

The ugly causeway is being dismantled, an elegant connection erected in its place. So everyone’s happy, right?
Frank Mugisha: Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked

Frank Mugisha: 'Coming out was a gradual process '

Uganda's most outspoken gay rights activist on changing people's attitudes, coming out, and the threat of being attacked
Radio 1 to hire 'YouTube-famous' vloggers to broadcast online

Radio 1’s new top ten

The ‘vloggers’ signed up to find twentysomething audience
David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

David Abraham: Big ideas for the small screen

A blistering attack on US influence on British television has lifted the savvy head of Channel 4 out of the shadows
Florence Knight's perfect picnic: Make the most of summer's last Bank Holiday weekend

Florence Knight's perfect picnic

Polpetto's head chef shares her favourite recipes from Iced Earl Grey tea to baked peaches, mascarpone & brown sugar meringues...
Horst P Horst: The fashion photography genius who inspired Madonna comes to the V&A

Horst P Horst comes to the V&A

The London's museum has delved into its archives to stage a far-reaching retrospective celebrating the photographer's six decades of creativity
Mark Hix recipes: Try our chef's summery soups for a real seasonal refresher

Mark Hix's summery soups

Soup isn’t just about comforting broths and steaming hot bowls...
Tim Sherwood column: 'It started as a three-horse race but turned into the Grand National'

Tim Sherwood column

I would have taken the Crystal Palace job if I’d been offered it soon after my interview... but the whole process dragged on so I had to pull out
Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard: Young, gifted... not yet perfect

Eden Hazard admits he is still below the level of Ronaldo and Messi but, after a breakthrough season, is ready to thrill Chelsea’s fans
Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

Tim Howard: I’m an old dog. I don’t get too excited

The Everton and US goalkeeper was such a star at the World Cup that the President phoned to congratulate him... not that he knows what the fuss is all about
Match of the Day at 50: Show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition

Tom Peck on Match of the Day at 50

The show reminds us that even the most revered BBC institution may have a finite lifespan – thanks to the opposition