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Rickie Lambert living England dream

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Lambert struck the winner against Scotland. (©GettyImages)
Lambert struck the winner against Scotland. (©GettyImages).

Rickie Lambert scored the winning goal for England in a 3-2 win against Scotland at Wembley last night (Wednesday).

The Southampton striker only made his Premier League debut for the Saints last season, but he managed to find the net 15 times in 38 appearances. That made him the joint-top English goalscorer in the top flight along with Chelsea's Frank Lampard. 

And, the Merseyside-born forward was in philosophical mood after his dream debut, admitting his bullet header would be a moment he'd never forget.

The Saints striker told BBC Sport: "If that's the only moment I'm going to have in an England shirt - hopefully not - I couldn't have wished for it to have been any better.

"I'm thankful for it to have gone like that. I've dreamt for it to go like that for a long time and for it to have gone like that was a dream come true," he said.

"It's probably the best header I've headed in my life. I saved it for the right time. It was a terrific ball by Leighton Baines, I managed to lose my marker and he put it exactly where I wanted it.

"I've tried to enjoy it, but my focus was to try and do well."

Lambert started his career as a youth player at Blackpool back in 1999, but he didn't make it into the first team as a regular and got released in 2001, where he went on to play for Stockport County in League 1. 

Lambert's goalscoring record and career really took off when he signed for Bristol Rovers in 2007, here he scored 51 goals in 128 appearances for the Pirates. 

A number of Championship and Premier League teams were interested in the forward but Southampton managed to secure Lambert's signature in 2009 for a fee of £1million. 

The Merseysider has been a crucial member of the Saints squad ever since, netting 93 times in 170 appearances for the south-coast club, helping them secure back-to-back promotions from the third tier to the football summit.

 

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