Chipping In with Darren Foreman: Rickie Lambert for England

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I am not going to try and hide the fact that I’m biased here, but I still can’t see how Southampton’s Rickie Lambert hasn’t been called up to an England squad yet.

Being a Saints fan, it was very disappointing to see that despite having injury problems up front, Lambert still can’t get in a squad.

Daniel Sturridge went into the game with a knock and then came off injured and Jermain Defoe looked off the pace.

Lambert was the top English goalscorer in the Premier League this season and he can’t even get a look in.

I think there was hope among England fans when Roy Hodgson came in that he would blood some younger players and players in form rather than the big names that have failed in the past.

The likes of West Ham’s Matt Jarvis and Mark Noble really should have had a look-in by now, and Leon Osman was unfortunate to miss out too, and against a poor Ireland side who were there for the taking.

Peter Crouch has had a poor season, but even before that he seemed to fall out of favour for some reason. His record for England was exceptional and he should still be in the mix.

International friendlies will soon be part of the past anyway in my opinion, they are pointless now and I don’t think many people are that interested anymore.

I also saw that Gary Linekar criticised Hodgson for playing 4-4-2 on Twitter - I didn’t see it at as a 4-4-2 system myself. We had two wide men with Wayne Rooney in the hole and Sturridge then Defoe up top.

It wasn’t the best game I’ve seen and I’m sure the side came in for a lot of criticism, and I’m not surprised to see that.

I was pleased to see Crystal Palace beat Watford in the Championship Play-Off final and it is great that Ian Holloway will be back in the Premier League next season.

Watching the YouTube video of Holloway dancing in the dressing room after their semi-final win over Brighton shows what a character he is and what a great atmosphere they have in their dressing room too.

I think the best side won on the day and deserved to go up in the end and it was great to see Kevin Phillips get the winner in the end.

I remember him being on the wrong end of a play-off final playing for Sunderland when they lost that dramatic final against Charlton Athletic and if he does retire now, then what a way to go out.

I’m no boxing aficionado, but I took in the Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler scrap on Saturday night and I was enthralled.

What a fight. Two warriors who never gave an inch during the 12 rounds and entertained from start to finish.

I just hope they have a third fight now. I’m sure they could sell out a big arena in no time again and people would rush to order the PPV package again.

It’s good to see Rudy Funk bringing in good players to Scarborough Athletic as they look to keep progressing up the ranks.

It’s strange to see Boro go into the southern section of the Evo-Stik leagues, but I think they’re doing well in avoiding Darlington.

While it’s good to see some good lads coming in, I was sad to see Denny Ingram leave the club.

He’s a good friend of mine and he’s done a superb job for the club.

PERFORMANCE OF THE WEEK: Would be a toss up between Carl Froch and Crystal Palace, with Froch edging it.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK: “I always try to give honest answers, but they are fairly boring so I don’t have to deal with the aftermath of any scandals.” Andy Murray.