Lambert happy for competition

NEWCOMER Rickie Lambert insists he will welcome competition for the England No9 shirt when regulars Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge return from injury.

The 31-year-old striker has scored twice in three games and believes he can retain his place in the squad, even when England are injury-free.

He said: “It has been an exciting few weeks for me and I hope it is going to continue. We want Wayne, Daniel and Andy Carroll in here, all I can try to do is give them another option and try to impress.”