World Cup: Rickie Lambert says Andy Carroll is his rival for England spot
Rickie Lambert has admits he and Andy Carroll are probably competing for one spot in England's World Cup squad.
Last Updated: 18/04/14 1:29pm
National boss Roy Hodgson will name his 23-man squad for this summer's tournament in Brazil on 13 May.
And Lambert, who scored on his international debut in a 3-2 win against Scotland last August, believes the choice for one of the central striker roles is between him and Carroll, who has scored two goals in 12 games for West Ham since returning from injury in January.
When asked if this was the case, Lambert said: "Probably.
The 32-year-old, who has scored 12 goals for Saints this season, added: "It's four games to try and impress; it's four games to try and score goals."
Lambert rejected suggestions that a long-term injury to club-mate Jay Rodriguez, who was also hopeful of being included in Hodgson's squad, has increased his chances of being selected.
"I think I was vying for the central position, I think Jay might have been vying for one of the wide ones. If you're asking for my opinion, that's what I think was happening.
"Jay's definitely not forgotten by the Southampton lads. We see him every day, it's obviously a hard thing to accept mentally what happened, it's going to be hard, but he will be back, he'll be back next season and he'll be back stronger mentally.
"He'll be back scoring goals not too long away, so that's all he's focused on, and we don't treat him any differently.
"The timing of it is the cruel thing, but you've just got to get on with it, but, like I said, he'll be back next year stronger."
Lambert says his main focus is on helping Southampton earn as many points as possible between now and the end of the season and hope that his form will be good enough to catch the eye of either Hodgson or his assistant Ray Lewington.
"I think we've had either Ray or Roy watching our games for the last ten games I think, so we know we are getting watched and that's brilliant for them to be watching Southampton," added Lambert.
"I try not to focus on it, if I'm being honest. I try to play my own game, I think that's the best way to go about it.
"I think you can't think too much about it, because I think it might affect your game.
"You've just got to get on with it, try and do well for Southampton and hopefully Roy or Ray are impressed, that's it really."