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Vital draw for Lambert & England

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22:15 10th September 2013

Rickie Lambert helped England pick up a point in Ukraine to stay top of their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying group.

The Saints striker picked up his third international cap, wearing the number nine shirt as he led the line for the Three Lions in Kiev's Olympic Stadium.

Lambert put in a good shift but found chances limited as the hosts ramped up the pressure, with only a point separating the two nations before the match.

Frank Lampard – making his 100th appearance for England – had a chance to win it late on, but a point was certainly more than enough for the Three Lions.

They now lead Group H having played a game less than second-placed Montenegro, who they have a far superior goal difference then.

Roy Hodgson's side wrap up their qualifying campaign with home games against Montenegro and Poland next month, with Lambert's performances in the last two fixtures surely enough to earn him a place in the squad for those matches.

Lambert could well come up against Saints teammate Artur Boruc in the latter of those games, with the goalkeeper currently Poland's number one stopper.

Boruc was in action this evening as his country won 5-1 away to San Marino in Serravalle to keep alive their outside chance of reaching the play-offs.

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