Rickie Lambert spoke to FATV after scoring the winner against Scotland on his England bow
England 3-2 Scotland
Teenage Cancer Trust International
8pm, Wednesday 14 August 2013
By Jamie Bradbury at Wembley
Rickie Lambert says his match-winning header against Scotland at Wembley has capped the best week of his life.
The Southampton striker got the nod from the bench midway through the second half on Wednesday to make his England debut.
And within five minutes he was celebrating his first goal that ensured Roy Hodgson's side beat their old rivals. But, as he told TheFA.com after the game, his achievement hadn't quite sunk in.
"I don't know when it will sink in. I can't explain my emotions at the minute'" said the 31-year-old, whose wife gave birth to their third child on the day his place in this England squad was confirmed.
"It means so much, but I don't think that is doing it justice. I've been waiting all my life for this moment so for it to happen the way it happened I couldn't have wished for it to go any better."
Lambert recalled: "When I came on it was starting to open up and I thought we were on top. It was a good game to come in to and obviously we scored to make it 3-2 and I think it was good timing.
"I managed to lose [my marker] hoping the ball was going to go where I wanted it to go. It was a great corner from Bainsey. I caught it perfectly on my head, so to see it hit the back of the net was unbelievable."
After becoming a dad for the third time, making his England bow and marking it with an important winner, Lambert's admits he's had a good few days, and says he's surprised with how welcome he was made to feel by his new international team mates.
The former Bristol Rovers man now hopes his form at St Mary's can keep him in Hodgson's World Cup qualification plans.
"Every single day I've tried to act cool and act as if it's everyday life for me, but I've just wanted to scream inside," he said.
"The lads have been terrific and made me feel welcome, like I was one of them, even though I didn't feel like it.
"I've got to admit, I've never been in an England set-up and never experienced it, but it's a different level completely, on every single level. So full credit to the boys and a big thank you to them and the manager."
He added: "A few people have said to put the lottery on, so I might try. It's probably the best week of my life, the best moment of my career.
"It's going to be hard to top, so I'm hoping there might be a scenario in a few months. I've just got to concentrate on my Southampton form and do well for them.
"Hopefully I can get with the group again, I've tasted it now and that's what I want."Next up for England is their World Cup Qualifier at Wembley on 6 September. They also have two matches coming up at home in October against group rivals Montenegro and Poland. For ticket details visit www.TheFA.com/Tickets