Lambert backs Southampton duo following 'proud' England debut

Lallana and Rodriguez lined up for England last night Photo: PA

Rickie Lambert thinks Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez should be proud of themselves even though they could not match his England debut heroics.

Lallana, Rodriguez, and Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster were all handed their England debuts on Friday night, but Roy Hodgson's men fell to a 2-0 defeat to Chile.

Hodgson had billed the clash as a chance for newcomers to prove they were worthy of a World Cup spot, but neither Lallana nor Rodriguez managed to drag England back into the game following Alexis Sanchez's early strike, although the former showed glimpses of skill on the attack.

Lambert's England career got off to the best possible start when he scored the winner against Scotland with his first touch back in August.

And although neither Lallana nor Rodriguez came close to achieving such a feat, Lambert believes the duo performed well.

"I was willing them on, I was made up for them and I was so proud. I thought they did well in a very hard game," the Southampton striker said.

"I don't want to say (the result) tainted their debuts. They are disappointed they have lost.

"They would have obviously liked to have been in a winning team, that is the same as anyone.

"I said to both of them after the match that it was a very good Chile side they came up against. It's just harsh that the first international has come up against such a good team."

Lallana and Rodriguez are not the only familiar faces for Lambert in the England dressing room.

The 31-year-old played alongside Forster when the goalkeeper came to Bristol Rovers on loan in 2009.

Lambert reckons the Celtic stopper performed well even though he conceded twice.

"I gave him my congratulations after. It's a great achievement to get your first cap and he couldn't really do anything about the two goals," Lambert said.

"I think he did well. He was a good keeper at Bristol Rovers and now he has progressed into a great one.

"I have been watching him in the Champions League and some of the saves he has been making have been trop drawer."

Lambert missed Friday's game after straining a buttock muscle in training, but he hopes to be fit for the visit of Germany on Tuesday.

"It should heal faster then a hamstring or calf so hopefully I will be OK for training on Sunday," he said.

"Obviously it would be a great game to be involved in against Germany. I just have to try and get fit."