Former Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has called it a career. The striker announced his retirement on Monday at the age of 35.
Lambert left Cardiff City at the end of last season, and had been without a club ever since. He played 19 times for the Bluebirds, scoring four goals.
Lambert will be best remembered by fans for his play with Southampton. The striker featured in 230 games for the south coast side. He scored a whopping 115 goals and tallied 64 assists for the team.
“I feel lucky to have been involved in this sport for as long as I have,” Lambert said.
In all, Lambert played for seven clubs during his career. However, the most significant of them all may have been Liverpool. Lambert had been released by the club as a youth player, but joined the Reds in 2014 for £4 million. It was a dream move for him. However, the dream didn’t have a fairy tale ending. He scored just three goals in 26 games for the club.
“I have had some ups and downs in my career, but to have represented clubs like Southampton and Liverpool and playing for my country in a World Cup were beyond my wildest dreams,” Lambert said.
“Playing and scoring for England is probably my proudest professional moment and I will look back at every aspect of how I got there with fond memories.”
Lambert also featured for England, playing 11 times for the national team. He scored three goals for the Three Lions. He may have played more for his country had he played in the Premier League from a younger age. Lambert didn’t become a Premier League player until 30.
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