Hodgson backs Lambert move

Roy Hodgson believes Rickie Lambert's impending move to Liverpool from Southampton will benefit England.

Lambert is poised to join Liverpool after undergoing a medical at the club on Saturday, with the move expected to be finalised early next week.

Hodgson, who named Lambert in his 23-man squad for the World Cup, expects the striker's switch to his boyhood club to put an extra spring in the step of the player ahead of the finals in Brazil.

"Yes, I congratulate him. And I congratulate Liverpool signing a good player," Hodgson said.

"When he plays you will see a fella running around with all the joy that his heart can muster because he is very happy to be with England and he's very happy that the move to Liverpool has gone through."

Hodgson admitted he had sympathy for Southampton for losing one of their prize assets, with the likes of Lambert's England team-mates Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw also linked with moves away from St Mary's this summer.

"We have got good players and I am afraid they are always going to gravitate towards the big clubs," added Hodgson.

"That is where the money is. That is where the Champions League football is. It is a pity for Southampton.

"But there are always big fish in the sea and it is hard to keep those fish away sometimes."