VIDEO: Bothroyd's debut thoughts
Thursday, 18 November, 2010
Striker reflects on a bittersweet night for him at Wembley.
By Nicholas Veevers
Click here to watch the full video interview with Jay.
Despite the disappointment of Wednesday’s reverse at Wembley against France, there was at least one player to emerge from the England dressing room with a good reason to remember the night.
Striker Jay Bothroyd, who has been in scintillating form for Cardiff City this season, was rewarded with a call-up for this game last weekend and then made his first Senior appearance from the bench in the second half.
He almost helped the Three Lions to salvage a draw too, as fellow replacement Peter Crouch made it an interesting few minutes at the end when he pulled a goal back.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be on this occasion as England ran out of time, but Bothroyd later spoke to FATV about his joy at making his first appearance for Fabio Capello’s men.
"I'm delighted to get my first England cap,” he said. “It's been a long journey for me, but I'm pleased for my family who were here tonight and they're so proud of me.
"I was just happy to get on the pitch and get a cap.”
Bothroyd wasn’t the only player to get his first taste of senior international football on the night either, as Andy Carroll and Jordan Henderson also picked up their maiden caps. And the former Arsenal, Perugia, Wolves and Blackburn man feels that there can’t be too much read into the result given the experimental look to the side.
"This is what friendlies are for,” he added. “The Manager gave a few people opportunities tonight and we had a lot of youngsters out there, but we went out and did our best.
"I enjoyed it though and once you get a taste of it, you want to come back for more so I'm just going to keep working hard for my club and hopefully I'll be invited back.”