England's match-winner and debutant Rickie Lambert speaks about his magic moment
England 3-2 Scotland
Teenage Cancer Trust International
8pm, Wednesday 14 August 2013
England's match-winning hero Rickie Lambert admits his dream came true at Wembley, after he came off the bench to clinch a 3-2 victory over Scotland on his international debut.
Goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck had cancelled out strikes from James Morrison and Kenny Miller before Southampton star Lambert made himself a hero.
He thundered home a header from a Leighton Baines corner to clinch a dramatic victory and the 31-year-old striker - who began his career in the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport County, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers - also hit a post late on and had a shot saved in what was a memorable international debut.
He said: "That's what I've been dreaming of for probably all my life. It means so much."
Describing his goal he added: "It was my first chance. Corner, obviously I fancied myself and what a ball from Leighton. It went exactly where I would have wished it to - and I managed to get rid of my marker and get a firm header."
Lambert admits he was surprised to be called up for his country after waiting so long; and he has thoroughly enjoyed his time training with the England squad this week.
He added: "I tried to play it cool as if it didn't bother me but in reality I wanted to scream.
"It was brilliant. And I have to say a big thank-you to the lads who made me so welcome.
"I had respect for them anyway but being with them for a few days, I have even more respect."
The striker has certainly come a long way from the days when he worked in a beetroot factory to supplement his income at Macclesfield, saying: "I know that's going to get reminded every day but I don't mind, it shows how far I've come."
And he wasn't short of people to dedicate his goal to, adding: "To my family who were up there watching, to my wife at home. And Southampton Football Club.
"They have been absolutely superb for me from the second I went there."