Southampton striker Rickie Lambert will be looking to take advantage of his chances in the absence of Daniel Sturridge for the World Cup qualifier against Moldova tomorrow.
Sturridge, the in-form Liverpool striker, failed to recover from a slight groin strain in time to make the squad against Moldova, but should be available for the match against Ukraine on Tuesday.
Lambert, 31, made his debut for England last month and made an instant impact, coming off the bench to score the winning goal against Scotland. Many have suggested he is the traditional centre forward that England have been lacking for so long.
And with both Sturridge and Wayne Rooney out injured, Lambert is eager to take his chances.
Lambert told TheFA.com: “It was the best moment of my career by a mile. Everything was leading up to that moment so to get the winner was unbelievable."
“I was hoping to go on at half-time but he (Roy Hodgson) said give it ten or fifteen minutes so I was just keeping warm. When the chance finally came I was ready for it, and I was eager to get on the pitch and try and do something."
“I knew it might have been my only chance and I knew I had to take it. I didn’t quite imagine it to happen the way it did, with my first touch, but my main thing was to try and impress.”
Moldova have been performing above all expectations throughout their World Cup Qualifying campaign and cannot be underestimated by England.
The Southampton star continued: “We all know the importance of the game. As players we put pressure on and motivate ourselves, and we know what is coming and we are ready for it."
“Roy has been setting us up for Moldova to try and win that game, and it has been going well."
“We are at home, in front of our own fans, so obviously we fancy ourselves. We’ve come off a good win against Scotland so we are confident, especially myself, and I can’t wait for Friday to begin.”
England take on Moldova at Wembley Stadium on Friday, and kick off is 20.00 BST.
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