Emotional Ollie Watkins speaks after marking England bow with goal

Thursday 25 Mar 2021
Ollie Watkins is mobbed by his team-mates after scoring his first goal for England
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Ollie Watkins was left almost speechless after sealing his England debut with a goal against San Marino at Wembley.

The Aston Villa striker, who was only called into the Three Lions squad for the first time for this month's camp, came on as a second-half substitute before adding the final goal in England's 5-0 win.

And after speaking earlier in the week about how playing for England would seal a boyhood dream, the former Exeter City and Brentford man was equally humble after the game.

“It’s unbelievable and it’s what I’ve dreamt about, to be honest," he said.

"All day in the hotel I was just thinking: ‘I hope I get a chance, just enjoy it and get that opportunity to eventually score’, but I didn’t know it would happen.

"I’m speechless, to be honest.

Watkins strikes home his first England goal at Wembley

“I just feel honoured that I can come out here and get the chance to put on this shirt and play with the players I’m playing with.

"Even to score on my debut, I couldn’t write it and I’m over the moon, to be honest."

With three games during this international window, with two more to come against Albania and Poland over the next week, Watkins admits he was initially targeting a cap.

“I just wanted to get on the pitch, for a start," he added.

"I didn’t even know if I was going to come on – obviously Conor [Coady] had a head clash and I thought I may not get the opportunity to come on tonight. But I have, and I just can’t believe it ,and I’m grateful I got the opportunity to play here.

“I’ve just got to take each game as it comes now – focus on my club football, play consistently for Aston Villa, score there and help my team to push up the table and hopefully get into Europe and then see where we go from there."

The Three Lions squad will be in action next on Sunday, when they travel to Tirana to face Albania (5pm GMT) with the game live on ITV in the UK.

By Will Jennings