Hodgson called up Lambert to his England squad yesterday.
He recalled: "I'd just gone to Fulham and we played them in the FA Cup - and lost on penalties. Lambert played, and did very well.
"Lennie Lawrence was helping [Rovers' then-manager] Paul Trollope and I said to him, 'Lambert looks interesting'.
"Lennie said, 'He's been all through the non-League. He is a good player but already 27, 28.'
"Like I am certain many other managers, we looked at it and thought, 'Division One? Is he going to be able to step up?' and we didn't take the chance - but other clubs did.
"Every club who has taken a chance on him has been rewarded."
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