• After a successful spell at Third Division Macclesfield Town, Lambert was signed by Stockport County for £300,000 in 2002.
  • Despite just two goals in his first season, Lambert scored 12 league goals for Stockport the season after to help his side get promoted.
  • A move back down to League Two Rochdale in 2005 followed, where Lambert registered six goals in the second half of the campaign.
  • The 2005/06 season was arguably Lambert's breakout season, with the forward playing all 46 league games and scoring 22 goals.
  • That prompted Bristol Rovers to purchase Lambert's services for £200,000, where they won promotion via the play-offs.
  • Lambert finished as Rovers' top scorer in the 2007/08 season with 20 goals, including seven in their run to the FA Cup quarter finals.
  • Another highly prolific season followed for Lambert, playing every league game except one and being the league's joint top scorer with 29 goals.
  • In 2009, Lambert moved to Southampton for £1 million and won his first silverware as Saints beat Carlisle United 4-1 in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.
  • Another promotion for Lambert, this time as League One runners-up, and a 21 goal season to finish as the club's top scorer once again.
  • A league best 27 goals meant back-to-back promotions for Lambert and Southampton, with the striker also being named Championship Player of the Year.
  • A maiden Premier League season for Lambert in 2012/13 yielded 15 goals in 38 games, taking Southampton into 14th place.
  • Lambert will be hoping for another good season at St. Mary's, as Southampton look to build on last season.
  • At the age of 31, Lambert finally received an England call-up from Roy Hodgson for a friendly against Scotland at Wembley.
  • Within three minutes of coming on, Lambert scored the winner with his first touch, a bullet header, to make it 3-2 to England.

Rickie Lambert career

After a successful spell at Third Division Macclesfield Town, Lambert was signed by Stockport County for £300,000 in 2002.