Rickie Lambert saves Roy Hodgson's blushesby Jack Kitson / 15 August 2013, 09:13Tweet
It took a debut goal from a 31-year-old former beetroot factory worker to save England and manager Roy Hodgson's blushes at home to fierce rivals Scotland. Southampton star Rickie Lambert came off the bench and remarkably scored with his very first touch in a Three Lions shirt to hand England a 3-2 victory against the Auld Enemy in an absorbing game at Wembley.
England were expected to swat away the challenge of the Tartan Army in the first meeting between football's oldest rivals for 14 years. Hodgson's men twice came from behind against a spirited Scotland side, and in the end clinched the win courtesy of an unstoppable Lambert header. The striker, who has risen from the depths of League Two up to the Premier League, will now surely feature in Hodgson's future plans.
Despite the win England's frailties at the back were exposed, which is something Hodgson desperately needs to resolve ahead of September's crunch World Cup 2014 qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. England are currently second in Group H but a win at home to Moldova on September 6th could see them leapfrog league leaders Montenegro and edge closer to booking their flight to South America.
The Football Association reportedly said that Hodgson will remain at the helm even if England fail to qualify for Brazil next summer. However, he would undoubtedly lose the support of the fans if his side didn't feature in football's greatest showpiece. In the latest Next England Manager Odds QPR boss Harry Redknapp is the 6/1 favourite with Paddy Power, while Jose Mourinho, Pep Guardiola and Gary Neville also feature.