Lambert used to watch England games at house parties in Liverpool with his friends, but on Wednesday night he actually took part in one himself - and it could not have gone much better for the Southampton striker.
Lambert's winning goal against Scotland at Wembley, which came with his first touch, marked the latest chapter in a remarkable journey through the ranks that started 13 years ago when he had to resort to working in a beetroot factory after being released by Blackpool.
The way he powered home Leighton Baines' corner, and the fact that he scored 15 times in the Premier League last season, suggests there is a good chance he will not join the unheralded club of strikers like Dean Ashton, David Nugent and Michael Ricketts, who all pulled on the Three Lions once and then disappeared without a trace.
Even though he will be 32 by the time the tournament begins, Lambert is convinced he is good enough to play in next year's World Cup and he intends to show Hodgson as much in the coming months.
"I've tasted it now and I want more, so I'll be trying my best to do well for Southampton and hopefully that will get me another chance," the striker said.
"I was dreaming about Brazil before, and I always dreamed about getting to a major tournament.
"And that's what I'll be trying to do now, do well for Southampton and get in there."
Lambert resembled a giddy schoolboy after the game, smiling broadly as he politely responded to questions from dozens of reporters about his debut goal.
Of the 80,000 in Wembley on Wednesday night, not many were as proud of Lambert as his old Southampton team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Lambert helped Oxlade-Chamberlain adapt to the pressures of first-team football when he graduated from the club's academy in 2010.
"I was delighted for him," the Arsenal winger said.
"He did a lot for me when I was coming through at Southampton.
"He really encouraged me. When you make a mistake when you have just broken in to the squad, you think straight away that all the old players are going to be looking down on you, but every time I tried something and it didn't come off he really encouraged me and made sure I kept on trying.
"So to see the way he has progressed in his career coming up through the leagues has been great.
"He is such a nice guy and a humble man, to see him get that goal and for it to be the winner it was unbelievable."
Andy Carroll and Daniel Sturridge are fighting to be back in the England fold after missing Wednesday night's game through injury, while Jermain Defoe, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have considerably more international caps under their belt than Lambert.
Oxlade-Chamberlain insists Lambert's age should not hinder him from being available for future squads.
"How old is Steven Gerrard?" Oxlade-Chamberlain said.
"If you've still got it, you've got it. It's not my job to say who is good enough or not good enough.
"But I'm delighted to see Lambo do really well and I'm sure he'll do really well in the league next season and I'd never say he's too old as long as he keeps popping up and scoring goals like that you'd always want to see him around."