Lambert delighted with debut England goal

Rickie Lambert has spoken of his delight at making a scoring start to his England career, BBC Sport has reported, as the Southampton striker gets to grips with netting the winning goal for the Three Lions in a 3-2 victory over Scotland at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

Lambert, 31, was a second-half substitute with the game level at 2-2 and scored with his first touch as an England player, converting a Leighton Baines corner with a powerful header. And Lambert revealed after the match that if his debut is the peak of his international experience, he will still remember it with joy.

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,” he said. “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,” Lambert added. “

Lambert played his first season of Premier League football last term and scored 15 goals, ending the campaign as the joint-leading English goal scorer with Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard. The Liverpool-born forward praised the delivery of Baines, another Merseyside native, in setting up his goal.

It was a terrific ball by Leighton Baines,” Lambert said. “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 had further chances in the match, striking the post from close range and hitting a shot into the arms of the Scotland goalkeeper after again being teed up by Everton left-back Baines.

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