Southampton's Lambert to make first start for England
The Three Lions host Moldova at Wembley and the Southampton striker will receive his first full cap after scoring on debut as a sub in last month's friendly with Scotland.
"I have picked the team and Rickie Lambert will start, yes," said Hodgson.
"He deserves a chance. I can't deny had Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge been available, it would have been harder for him to get a starting place, but I am more than happy to have a player of his calibre to start this game."