England 3 Scotland 2: Rickie Lambert reflects on ‘dream come true’
England 3 Scotland 2: Rickie Lambert thrilled after coming off the bench and netting the winner on his Wembley debut
Rickie Lambert reflected on a “dream come true” after coming off the bench and netting the winner against Scotland on his England debut at Wembley.
The 31-year-old Southampton striker powered home a header in the the 70th minute from Leighton Baines’ corner to give the Three Lions victory in north London.
Earlier, Arsenal’s Theo Walcott’s smart finish had cancelled out James Morrison’s opener, before Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck drew the hosts level again in the second half after Kenny Miller’s stunning goal.
“That’s the way I’ve been dreaming it for my whole life. It means so much,” Lambert told ITV.
“I was trying to play it cool [this week] as if it wasn’t bothering me but deep down I wanted to just scream. It was brilliant.
“I’ve got to say a big thank you to the lads for making me feel welcome.
“I had respect for them anyway but being with them for a few days, I’ve got a lot more respect.”
Scotland’s Miller insisted there were plenty of positives for the visitors to take from the game.
“We worked our socks off,” said Miller. “The lads gave everything they had.
“Overall there were a lot of positives we can take from the game. If you were to tell us we would come here and lead 1-0 then 2-1 I think we’d have taken it.”