Hodgson calls up Lambert to England squad
London: Southampton forward Rickie Lambert has received a first call-up to Roy Hodgson`s England squad for next Wednesday`s international friendly against Scotland at Wembley, the Football Association announced on Thursday.
The 31-year-old is joined by Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha, bidding to earn his second cap following a debut in a friendly against Sweden in November.
Captain Steven Gerrard and Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshire also return while Manchester City pair Joleon Lescott and Jack Rodwell are amongst those to miss out.
There was also a place for unsettled Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney, despite having been out injured for his club`s recent pre-season tour of Asia through injury.
Goalkeepers: Ben Foster (West Bromwich Albion), Joe Hart (Manchester City, John Ruddy (Norwich City)
Defenders Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Chelsea), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Glen Johnson (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham)
Midfielders: Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Tom Cleverley (Manchester United), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool, capt), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), James Milner (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal)
Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Tottenham), Rickie Lambert (Southampton), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Theo Walcott (Arsenal), Danny Welbeck (Manchester United), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Wilfried Zaha (Manchester United)