After waiting almost 14 years, Southampton’s Rickie Lambert finally gets his England debut, and what a debut it was, scoring with his first touch, two minutes and 45 seconds after coming on.
Lambert now aged 31, finally got his England call up last week, after having a brilliant debut season in the Premier League, scoring 15 goals in England’s top flight.
His form for Southampton clearly alerted Roy Hodgson’s attention, as England are in need of strikers, with Jermain Defoe out with injury, and Wayne Rooney not enjoying the greatest form.
So when better to bring on a debutant than in the second half of a friendly against Scotland, when the match was closely poised at 2-2.
Not only was Lambert’s debut a great moment for him, it was also a master stroke by Roy Hodgson, as Lambert secured the victory for England.
Quickly after coming on, England were awarded a corner kick, which was taken by Leighton Baines. After losing his marker in the box, Lambert leaped in to the air and connected with a brilliant header, which powerfully nestled into the Scottish net (see video).
This goal was actually Lambert’s first touch and meant England led 3-2 and was ultimately the decider in a very close game.
Lambert could have gotten two goals, however he missed a very good chance towards the end of the game after a Wilfried Zaha cross connected with his shin and hit the post.
The goal, proved to give Lambert the dream start to his England career, as he explained in his post-match interview, saying that he ‘couldn’t believe it’ and will almost certainly make Lambert one of the contenders to start in the World Cup qualifiers later in the year.
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