A Premier League striker has teased New Zealand football fans by pledging his allegiance to the All Whites before admitting it was part of an April Fool's gag.
Southampton's Rickie Lambert has scored 14 goals for his club this season and may have captured All Whites' coach Ricki Herbert's attention when he stated his desire to represent New Zealand in a video on the club's website.
The Liverpudlian Lambert claimed his grandfather was born in Christchurch and said he was in the process of applying for citizenship.
"I've made no secret of the fact that I would love to play international football, but I haven't yet managed to break into the England squad," the 31-year-old said in a statement.
"New Zealand has always had a special place in my heart given that my grandfather was born there."
Lambert said he had been following their results in their World Cup qualifiers and was hopeful of being part of their campaign to get to the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
However it was too good to be true and a second video was posted with Lambert revealing "April 1st" printed on the back of his All Whites jersey.