England Manager's tribute to Rickie Lambert on his first international goal and call-up
England 3-2 Scotland
Teenage Cancer Trust International
8pm, Wednesday 14 August 2013
England Manager Roy Hodgson saw debutant Rickie Lambert score a timely winner at Wembley to see off 'Auld Enemy' Scotland and deliver a winning start to the new season.
The Three Lions had found themselves behind on two occasions on the night, only for equalisers from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck to set it up for Lambert to steal the headlines with his winner.
Lambert had only been on the pitch for a matter of minutes when he lost his marker in the box to power home a header from Leighton Baines' corner.
And Hodgson was delighed for the Southampton striker, who has impressed during his first call-up to the England squad this week.
He said: "He's been so enthusiastic. He's been like a young boy with a new toy ever since he joined us.
"We believe in him and, funnily enough, when he came on the first thing [England coach] Gary Neville said to me was 'he's going to get us a goal'.
"He almost got us three - he certainly got us a very good one and was very close to two others.
"I'm delighted for him. He's a man who's worked very, very hard for this chance and done it the hard way, and now he's crowned his debut with a goal.
"He's technically a very good player and has great composure in front of goal, as we saw today."