England captain Steven Gerrard believes Rickie Lambert's fairytale story from lower league journeyman to Wembley hero shows aspiring youngsters that anything is possible.
Southampton striker Lambert, a 31-year-old former Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers player, made his debut in the 67th minute against Scotland, replacing Wayne Rooney, and, three minutes later with his first touch, headed the decisive goal in the 3-2 win.
"Rickie's a great example to young kids," Gerrard said.
"Any young kid watching, who is starting at the bottom, you've just got to believe and work hard.
"You can work all the way up to the top, make your debut and score for England. It's a fantastic story."
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain played alongside Lambert, who spent the early part of his career at a beetroot factory as he tried to earn a professional contract, at Southampton before moving to Arsenal.
"I'm absolutely delighted for Lambo," Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
"When I was at Southampton with him I was a young lad coming through, I remember how good he was to me and all the encouragement he gave towards me.
"The way his career has gone and the way he's worked up, he's such a humble man.
"He's the nicest bloke in the world. If anyone deserved that, Rickie Lambert deserved it. I was absolutely delighted for him."