Rickie Lambert lifts lids on England dream debut

Rejected by Liverpool as a youngster and then released by Blackpool in 2000 aged 18, Rickie Lambert was forced to work in a factory putting lids on jars of beetroot while he tried to keep his football career alive by training with minnows Macclesfield.

updated: August 15, 2013 10:11 IST
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London: England striker Rickie Lambert admits heading the winning goal against Scotland with the first touch of his international debut was a dream come true.

Lambert completed a remarkable rags to riches tale at Wembley on Wednesday when the Southampton forward came off the bench in the 66th minute and two minutes later bagged the goal that gave his country a 3-2 friendly win over old rivals Scotland.

After a career spent mostly in the lower leagues, Lambert is enjoying an Indian summer to his career and his bullet header from Leighton Baines' corner was the crowning glory.

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