Rejected by Liverpool as a schoolboy, 31 year old Rickie Lambert played professional football across all leagues in England and amateur football (while he had to work in a beetroot factory).
Then, at the age of 31, and in the space of a week he celebrated the arrival of his third child, his first cap, his first international goal (scored with his very first touch) and simultaneously scored the winner at Wembley in an intense England v Scotland full international football match. Other players say he is a humble man, very grounded and his England team-mate, Oxlade-Chamberlain, said “He’s the nicest bloke in the world”.
Although the journey from beetroot factory to Wembley via Macclesfield, Stockport County, Rochdale, Bristol Rovers and Southampton has been unique, he now joins the elite club of great English football heroes who scored on their debut for their country including Bobby Charlton, Jimmy Greaves and Alan Shearer.
Despite much adversity, (including his phone running out of battery while he took the call from the Football Association’s director of team operations telling him he had been selected to play for his country ), Lambert never gave up. His dedication, skills and passion and self belief came through for him.
So never give up and remember ‘Nice Guys Do Win’.
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