Rickie Lambert celebrates his equaliser from the penalty spot for Southampton at Craven Cottage
You know it was a pretty good day when winning your first England call-up isn't even the best bit of news you've had.
Thursday 8th August 2013 will be a date that Southampton striker Rickie Lambert never forgets: not only did he get a call-up for next week's friendly against Scotland, but his wife Amy also gave birth to a baby girl.
At 4:30 on Thursday morning Amy gave birth to the fourth little Lambert, a girl they named Bella Rose – and then Lambert's day was made all the sweeter when he got the call from Roy Hodgson.
Lambert, 31, was rewarded with his first international call-up after scoring 15 goals in 35 Premier League starts for Southampton last season.
The striker's elevation to the England squad is unusual given he has only played one season of top-flight football and prior to Southampton represented Bristol Rovers, Rochdale, Stockport, Macclesfield and Blackpool in the lower leagues.
His story is a true rags-to-riches tale, though. After being released by Liverpool and then Blackpool as a teenager he was forced to work in beetroot factory to supplement his income as his contract with Macclesfield was worth just £50 a week.
"The beetroot factory was work, I just got on with it, it was bringing money in but definitely not what I wanted to do," Lambert told the Daily Telegraph back in 2012.
England manager Hodgson has clearly been impressed with Lambert's character as much as his football ability.
"I think if a man has really worked as hard over the years to prove his worth as Rickie Lambert, I think he really deserves this call-up," he said.
Lambert's manager at Southampton Mauricio Pochettino added: "I am very pleased for Rickie. It is always an honour for a player to represent their country.
"This call-up is the result of his hard work over the course of the four years he has spent at Southampton.
"This is something for the entire club to be proud of, as the work we are doing at Southampton is being recognised on a national level."
Lambert has so far not spoken about his England call-up – he's got other things on his mind we suspect – but he did speak about his hopes of winning a cap last February after missing out on the squad to face Brazil.
"I was disappointed (not to be in the squad)," he said at the time.
"I'm not saying I was expecting it but I was hoping, and it wasn't to be. But hopefully I can show until the end of the season that I am good enough, not just that I deserve a chance but that I am good enough.
"If it comes, it comes and if it doesn't, it doesn't. I'm just going to try to help Southampton, try to score goals and push Southampton up the league table.
"I'm not going to focus on the England squad too much but I am hoping I can get a chance."