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England 3-2 Scotland

Updated: Wednesday, 14 Aug 2013 21:54 | Comments

Theo Walcott was on target for England James Morrison celebrates his opener at Wembley
Theo Walcott was on target for England James Morrison celebrates his opener at Wembley

Journeyman striker Rickie Lambert scored with his first touch in international football as England fought off a tenacious Scottish uprising to earn a 3-2 friendly victory at Wembley.

England had needed goals from Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck to draw level after Scotland twice led a frenetic match before substitute Lambert thumped in a header from a corner just after coming off the bench.

The 31-year-old Southampton player's goal capped an enthralling night at Wembley in the first meeting between world soccer's oldest rivals for 14 years.

James Morrison gave Scotland a shock lead after 11 minutes with a little help from a mistake by England keeper Joe Hart before Walcott's searing pace enabled the Arsenal forward to level after 28 minutes.

Much-travelled striker Kenny Miller restored Scotland's lead with a low shot four minutes into the second half but Welbeck cut short the celebrations from the 25,000-strong Tartan Army four minutes later with a glancing header.

Both managers made several substitutions during the second half but it was the introduction of Lambert, a late-developer who once worked in a beetroot factory, that proved decisive as he connected sweetly with Leighton Baines's corner.

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