Lambert has dream debut

2013-08-14 23:05
Rickie Lambert (AFP)
London - Rickie Lambert has made a goal-scoring England debut at the age of 31 on Wednesday, clinching a 3-2 victory over Scotland as international football's oldest rivals met for the first time in 14 years.

After England twice came from behind through Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck, Lambert produced the winner in the 70th minute, powering a header into the net four minutes after coming off the bench.

The striker was called up for the first time by coach Roy Hodgson after the one-time beetroot factory worker capped his rise from the fourth tier to the Premier League by scoring 15 goals for Southampton last season.

The goal spared England from being humbled by its neighbor in the 111th match between the sides after James Morrison and then Kenny Miller put Scotland in front.

Results from Wednesday's international friendlies:

At Miyagi

Japan 2 (Kagawa 54, Honda 72) Uruguay 4 (Forlan 27, 29, Suarez 52, Gonzalez 58)

At Seoul

South Korea 0 Peru 0

At Kigali

Rwanda 0 Malawi 1 (Nyondo 30-pen)

At El Gouna

Egypt 3 (Koka 22, Salah 57, Sald 83) Uganda 0

At Almaty

Kazakhstan 1 (Khizhnichenko 17) Georgia 0

At Minsk

Belarus 1 (Kislyak 16-pen) Montenegro 1 (Vucinic 62)

At Baku

Azerbaijan 3 (Dadasov 5, 71, Aliyev 62) Malta 0

At Turku

Finland 2 (Moisander 35, Hamalainen 82) Slovenia 0

At Tallinn

Estonia 1 (Kruglov 68) Latvia 1 (Zjuzins 74)

At Copenhagen

Chile 6 (Mena 8, Sanchez 22, 29, Beausejour 37, 45, Henriquez 80) Iraq 0

At Chisinau

Moldova 1 (Dedov 42) Andorra 1 (Sonejee 16)

At Solna

Sweden 4 (Ibrahimovic 2, 29, 58, Svensson 75) Norway 2 (Abdellaoue 38-pen, Johanson 43)

At Luxembourg

Luxembourg 2 (Joachim 49, Bensi 80) Lithuania 1 (Matulevicius 15)

At Barcelona

Colombia 1 (Guarin 89) Serbia 0

At Istanbul

Turkey 2 (Yilmaz 7, Bulut 28) Ghana 2 (Gyan 61, 75)

At Kiev

Ukraine 2 (Rotan 28, Seleznyov 71) Israel 0

At Bucharest

Romania 1 (Stancu 43) Slovakia 1 (Sestak 55)

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