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Lambert committed to Saints

Rickie Lambert says he intends to be a Saint for life, despite speculation linking the England striker with a move away from St Mary's.

The 32-year-old former Bristol Rovers target man has already netted 14 goals for the south coast club this season.

He is now looking to earn a call-up to Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad this summer to round off an impressive campaign.

And despite earning rave reviews for his performances for eighth-placed Saints this season, Lambert insists he is not planning on leaving Southampton anytime soon.

"I have always said I would love to finish my career here but who knows what will happen," he said.

While Lambert intends to spend the foreseeable future at St Mary's, he hopes he will be joined by current boss Mauricio Pochettino and a number of 'quality' additions.

On a big summer for the Saints, he added: "Obviously, we've got to keep the best players, keep the manager and, hopefully, bring in three or four quality players.

"The quicker it [Pochettino's future] gets sorted, the better."

Lambert claims he would have no complaints if a new frontman is among those drafted in when the window re-opens.

He said: "I hope so, I don't want to be the only striker really, I want them to bring in top-quality players and I think we do need a striker.

"This club's used to moving forward and that's what we're hoping for again, so it's going to be a big summer and, hopefully, we're going to be okay."