Ollie Watkins couldn’t cover his emotion after he scored a debut purpose for England of their 5-Zero World Cup qualifying victory over San Marino.
Twenty minutes after approaching for his worldwide bow, the Aston Villa striker’s wildest goals got here true as he drilled a low shot previous Simone Benedettini for his first Three Lions purpose.
Having made his debut for the League Two membership as an 18-year-old in Might 2014, Watkins has loved a meteoric stand up soccer’s ranks.
He was the Championship’s hottest property final season as his 26 targets in 50 video games helped Brentford attain the play-off closing, whereas his hat-trick towards Liverpool earlier this season proved that Villa have been sensible to spend £28million on English expertise.
And the 25-year-old was left misplaced for phrases after his dream of representing his nation got here true on at Wembley on Thursday night.
Watkins informed ITV: “It’s unbelievable, it’s what I’ve dreamt about to be sincere.
“All day within the lodge I used to be simply excited about ‘I hope I get an opportunity and simply take pleasure in it and get that chance to doubtlessly rating’ however I didn’t know it will occur. I’m speechless.
“It’s been a very good journey. I simply really feel honoured that I can come out right here and pull on the shirt and get the prospect to play with the gamers I’m taking part in with and even rating on my debut. I couldn’t write it, I’m over the moon.”
Jack Grealish additionally expressed his pleasure for his Villa teammate following his debut purpose.
He tweeted: “Over the moon for Ollie, may see simply how a lot it meant to him throughout his interview there on the finish.”
England supervisor Southgate was completely satisfied along with his facet’s efficiency, telling ITV: “I used to be actually happy with not solely the best way we moved the ball shortly and the interchange of positions, however the best way we pressed once we misplaced the ball highlighted the mentality of the crew for the entire 90 minutes.
“After all it’s an opponent we should always beat however I believed they went about their job rather well.
“I believed the midfield gamers moved the ball rather well. Kalvin Phillips, I used to be actually happy for him. He’s used the ball effectively however his athleticism across the pitch was good.
“Mason (Mount) within the first half was glorious, set the tone. Good to see Jesse (Lingard) appear to be he’s having fun with his soccer once more so I believed there have been numerous good issues.”