Rickie Lambert will be leading the line for England tomorrow night, manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed.
Speaking to the assembled press this afternoon, England boss Hodgson confirmed that following the withdrawal of Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge through injury, that Southampton talisman Lambert would be handed his first-ever England start.
Friday's World Cup Qualifier against Moldova at Wembley Stadium will also be Rickie Lambert's first competitive appearance for his nation.
Lambert flew onto the back pages last month, after earning his first call-up at the age of 31. Having been called up, Lambert started from the bench as England faced 'the auld enemy' of Scotland, in a friendly at Wembley Stadium.
Lambert then replaced Manchester United's Wayne Rooney in the 67th minute. He took just three minutes to score, scoring a thundering header from a Leighton Baines corner with his first touch in an England shirt.
The goal was to prove the winner, as Lambert left the field to chanting of his name from the England supporters.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, Roy Hodgson said: "I have picked the team and Rickie Lambert will start. He deserves a chance."
On The FA's website, Rickie Lambert gave his take on what he considers the greatest night of his career: “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.”
“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."
Lambert also revealed that confidence is high in the England camp, ahead of Friday's game: “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.”
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