England call up Southampton’s Lambert for Scotland friendly

England manager Roy Hodgson has named his squad for upcoming international friendly with Scotland, TheFA.com has reported. It contains few surprises, although the most notable inclusion is that of Southampton striker Rickie Lambert, who scored 15 Premier League goals last season, while Wayne Rooney is also in the party despite missing Manchester United’s pre-season due to injury amid doubts over his future.

It caps a remarkable rise for Lambert, who receives his first international call-up. Having spent years of his career playing in the lower leagues,he adapted well to the Premier League in his first top-flight campaign, helping the Saints to 14th place. The 31-year-old is one of four strikers, the others being Rooney, Jermain Defoe, and Danny Welbeck.

Wilfried Zaha, who joined Manchester United this summer and has one England cap to his name, is also included, while captain Steven Gerrard and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere return to the squad after missing the 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland in May.

The match on Wednesday is part of the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations, and it will be the first time that England have faced Scotland since 1999, in a play-off to reach Euro 2000.

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