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Lambert fulfils 'life long dream'
10:55pm Wednesday 14th August 2013 in Sport
Rickie Lambert reflected on a moment he had been waiting for all his life as he came off the bench to mark his England debut with the winning goal in a thrilling 3-2 victory over Scotland at Wembley.
With an enthralling contest locked at 2-2, the 31-year-old Saints striker entered the fray as a 67th-minute substitute and needed just two minutes to make a telling impact, brilliantly heading home a Leighton Baines corner with his first touch in international football.
It capped a madcap few days for Lambert, whose call into Roy Hodgson's squad last week came on the same day his wife gave birth to their third child.
Asked what the goal meant to him, Lambert said: "That's what I've been dreaming of probably all my life. It means so much.
"It was a corner, obviously I fancied myself, what a ball by Leighton - exactly where I wanted it to go - and I managed to get rid of my marker and get a firm header."
Reflecting on his time with the England camp this week, he added: "I was trying to play it cool as if it wasn't bothering me but deep down I wanted to scream. It was brilliant.
"I've got to say a big thank you to the lads who made me feel welcome. I had respect for them anyway but being with them for a few days I've got a lot more respect."
Asked who he dedicated his dream debut to, he said: "My family. My family who are up there watching, my wife at home, my three kids, and Southampton Football Club - they've been absolutely superb since the second I went in there."
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