Ollie Watkins reflects on his route to the England squad as he targets 'dream' debut

Tuesday 23 Mar 2021

England new boy Ollie Watkins admits it will complete a boyhood dream if he was to make his Three Lions debut this month.

The Aston Villa forward was called up for the first time at any level last week, when England boss Gareth Southgate picked him to face San Marino, Albania and Poland.

Watkins initially came through the youth ranks with Exeter City and began to learn his trade during a loan spell with non-League outfit Weston-super-Mare as a teenager back in 2014.

And moves to Brentford and eventually to Villa this summer have seen him elevate himself onto the international stage, something which he’s been enjoying since meeting up on Monday.

"It's a nice feeling being here,” he said.

“I'm just trying to take it all in. I'm excited to be here.

"Looking back it has been a bit of a journey, but it's been a great journey. I've had some tough times on the way but also some good ones.

"It's a bit of a shock but enjoyable as well and it would be a dream to make my debut."

With the Three Lions currently preparing to kick-off their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign this month, there’s also the small matter of EURO 2020 on the horizon this summer.

And as the whole squad begin to battle for their places in Southgate’s squad, the Torquay-born striker is just looking to take things in his stride without placing pressure on himself.

"I'm not trying to think too far ahead, I just take each training session as it comes and focus on the next - that's what I always got told,” he explained.

"I'm going to try to enjoy this week, work hard, make a good impression and see where it goes from there.

"After that perform week in, week out for my club and see what happens."

The Three Lions' schedule sees them play San Marino at Wembley on Thursday evening, before travelling to Albania for Sunday's second game. The month is rounded-off back at Wembley on Wednesday 31 March when Poland are the visitors

By FA Staff