Arsène Wenger believes Rickie Lambert’s rise from League Two to England matchwinner shows the potential of players in lower-league football.

The Southampton striker headed the winner with his first meaningful touch in international football as the Three Lions defeated Scotland 3-2 at Wembley on Wednesday.

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Lambert has spent the majority of his career below the top flight and Wenger is surprised that his talent was not identified earlier.

“It is a fairytale story and it raises many questions,” the boss told Arsenal Player.

“How can a player of that calibre, that talent stay for so long in the lower leagues? Immediately you go to the next question: is there somebody else down there who has the same qualities and not be detected? It raises interesting questions.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Nik Brumsack 15 Aug 2013