It was a dream come true for Ollie Watkins as the Aston Villa star got his England debut off to a flying start against San Marino.
Ollie Watkins’ dreams came true last night as he burst onto the international scene with a goal on his international debut. The 25-year-old joined in the fun as England cruised to a victory over San Marino on Thursday night.
The Aston Villa striker strode off the bench to notch England’s final goal of a comprehensive 5-0 victory as Gareth Southgate’s side got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a winning start.
Watkins was congratulated by his teammates and pundits all over. It is a remarkable achievement for the forward, giving he was only playing league football four years ago.
Speaking after the game, the Aston Villa star did not hold back in his comments.
Watkins said to Sky Sports: “It’s unbelievable, it’s what I’ve dreamt about, being in the hotel today.”
“I’ve just been hoping to get the chance and enjoy it, to get an opportunity to score and I didn’t think it would happen, I’m speechless to be honest”
“I just feel honoured to come here and put on this shirt and play with these players, and to score on my debut, you couldn’t write. I’m just over the moon. I’m 100 percent getting the shirt signed and framing it.”
“I didn’t put that pressure on myself, I just wanted to get on the pitch. I have had the chance and I can’t believe it.”
On his chances of becoming a key member of Southgate’s Euros squad, Watkins added: “I’ve just got to take each game as it comes, focus on club form, play consistently for Villa.
“Help my team push up table and get into Europe.”