On Wednesday evening at Wembley stadium, fans of football were presented with a real treat as Scotland took on England in their first international friendly in 14 years.
Throughout, it was an excellent match to watch as both teams relentlessly strove to clinch victory, and although England won out in the end, Scotland gave them plenty to worry about throughout.
Despite leading on two occasions, James Morrison and Kenny Miller providing the goals, England proved to have a little too much class in the locker for their opponents as they ran out 3-2 winners at home.
Of course, Roy Hodgson will have been happy with the win against a very tricky opponent, and will have to praise the resilience his side showed in coming back from behind on two separate occasions.
Gordon Strachan on the other hand will have mixed feelings about the tie.
On the plus side, they punched well above their weight and defended with great determination all evening, but on the downside, they were undone by set-pieces and could have done better on that front for sure.
Their were plenty of talking points throughout, however the man who stole the show in the night was, undoubtedly, Southampton striker and national team debutant Rickie Lambert.
It was the 31-year-old who struck with 20 minutes left on the clock to snatch the victory, and it was he who also crashed a shot off the woodwork only minutes after powering the pall into the back of the net.
It was the stuff dreams were made of, and he monopolised the debate on twitter for the rest of the evening as football celebrities past and present took it upon themselves to share their feelings:
Congratulations to Ricky Lambert on getting his England debut. Long road but worthwhile. Enjoy
— Rio Ferdinand (@rioferdy5) August 14, 2013
Lots of work to be done. Delighted for Lambert. What a dream start for him. Fully deserved.
— Joey Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 14, 2013
Would of loved to see Scotland get a result 2night,fought so hard but I am happy for Lambert just shows hard work pays off what ever the age
— Noel Hunt (@Noelhunt20) August 14, 2013
Decent game. After a slow start England played some good stuff. Central defence a worry. Encouraging too for Scotland, despite the result.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) August 14, 2013
After a night like this, there will be cries to bring back the home nations competition. I'd be right up for that.
— michael owen (@themichaelowen) August 14, 2013
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