Proud dad Rickie Lambert enjoys dream day after England call-up

Lambert's rise to international recognition is a remarkable tale after a career spent at the likes of Macclesfield Town, Stockport County and Rochdale. Last season was his first in the Premier League following a career that began at Blackpool in 1998 in the old second division, now called League One, the third tier of English football.

updated: August 08, 2013 23:26 IST
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London: Southampton forward Rickie Lambert admitted his first England call-up for next Wednesday's friendly against Scotland had completed one of the best days of his life.

Lambert learnt he had been included in Roy Hodgson's squad for the Wembley clash just hours after dashing to hospital with his wife in the middle of the night for the birth of the couple's third child.

The Football Association rang Southampton around midday to inform them that Lambert had been included and Saints relayed the message to a stunned Lambert soon after.

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