Liverpool forward Rickie Lambert hasbeen omitted from Roy Hodgson’s England squad for their games against Italy and Lithuania next week.
The 33-year-old is overlooked with Tottenham‘s Harry Kane called up instead.
Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Adam Lallana are named in the squad.
Lambert has been out-of-favour at Anfield of late and has only started one match since mid-December (when the Reds changed formation) – that being against AFC Wimbledon in the FA Cup in early January.
The £4 million summer signing turned down a deadline day move to Aston Villa, but has barely featured since – featuring four times as a sub, for a combined time of 35 minutes.
It’s a shame that Lambert has been used in this manner by Brendan Rodgers and does leave you wondering why exactly he even signed the player.