By Alan Duffy
England 3-2 Scotland – Friendly – 14th August 2013
Southampton’s Rickie Lambert made the perfect start to his international career on Wendesday night, heading home with winner against Scotland with his first touch in international football.
Scotland may not boast a host of big names, but they produced a fine battling display under manager Gordon Strachan, and found themselves a goal up after just 11 minutes, courtesy of a James Morrison effort which Joe Hart fumbled into his own net.
A fine individual goal from Theo Walcott leveled the scores on the half-hour mark before a Kenny Miller rocket again put the visitors ahead, this time just after the re-start. However, England battled back, with Danny Welbeck making it 2-2 soon after before Lambert secured the victory on 70 minutes when he powered home a Leighton Baines corner.
In a highly entertaining clash, Scotland looked like a side growing in confidence under Strachan while for England, Wilshere and Gerrard formed a promising partnership in midfield.