Football: Lambert debut goal gives England win v Scotland
LONDON (REUTERS) - Journeyman striker Rickie Lambert scored with his first touch in international football as England fought off a tenacious Scottish uprising to earn a 3-2 friendly victory at Wembley on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old former beetroot factory worker, who has worked his way through the minor leagues, thundered home a 70th-minute header just after coming off the bench to seal victory for England who twice trailed.
In the first meeting of international football's oldest rivals for 14 years, Scotland took a shock early lead through James Morrison and after Theo Walcott levelled they sent the 25,000-strong Tartan Army wild again just after the break when veteran Kenny Miller fired home a low shot.
Danny Welbeck again soothed English nerves with a second equaliser before Lambert, who arrived at Southampton via outposts like Macclesfield, Stockport County and Rochdale, sealed a dream debut with the winning goal.