VIDEO: Davies' debut joy
Wednesday, 13 October, 2010
33-year-old forward reveals delight at first senior cap.
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After coming off the bench in Tuesday night’s 0-0 draw with Montenegro, Kevin Davies revealed his delight at making his long-awaited England debut.
The Bolton Wanderers forward replaced Peter Crouch in the 70th minute to make his senior team bow aged 33.
“I’m delighted to get my first cap but it would have been nice to have got a win as well,” he said.
“I’ve not had much experience coming on as a sub over the last few years but I thought I did OK. I had a couple of half-chances and I created a couple of chances for Wayne Rooney but it just wasn’t to be. I was just delighted to have got on and got a cap.”
In this Euro 2012 qualifier, Fabio Capello’s side were denied by Montenegrin ‘keeper Mladen Bozovic on numerous occasions and had to settle for a point which keeps them in second place in Group G, behind Zlatko Kranjcar’s side.
“I think everyone’s a little disappointed with the result but they made it very difficult,” summarised Davies. “They got lots of men behind the ball and they proved hard to break down.
“We didn’t have too many great chances but their ‘keeper made some good saves and we had a couple of penalty shouts as well; one was a clear handball. The lads are a little bit frustrated but there are plenty of games to go and I’m sure we’ll finish top [of the group] at the end of [the qualifying campaign].”
And after finally getting a taste of senior team action, Davies is keen to enjoy more nights under the Wembley floodlights.
“I’ve trained really hard and enjoyed my time here. The Manager has shown a bit of faith in me and thrown me on in the last 20 minutes to try and win the game but it just wasn’t to be.
“I’ve loved every minute of it. The lads have been great, I’ve enjoyed it and it would be nice to come back into future squads.”