Ollie Watkins was ‘speechless’ scoring his England debut, but admits he had ‘dreamed’ of finding the net ahead of the World Cup qualifier.
- Ollie Watkins scored on his debut in England against San Marino on Thursday
- The Aston Villa forward strode off the bench to score their last goal in the 5-0 win
- Watkins said he had dreamed of scoring on his debut, but he was still ‘speechless’
- The 25-year-old said he was trying to avoid putting too much ‘pressure’ on himself
Ollie Watkins’ dreams came true last night when he took to the international stage with a goal on his international debut as England rode to victory over San Marino.
The Aston Villa forward strode off the bench to take England’s last goal of an all-out 5-0 win as Gareth Southgate’s side kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign.
But the night really belonged to Watkins, who said, “It’s unbelievable, that’s what I dreamed of being in the hotel today.
Aston Villas Ollie Watkins scored on his debut in England against San Marino on Thursday
‘I was just hoping to get the chance and enjoy it, get a chance to score and I didn’t think it would happen, I’m speechless to be honest
“I just feel honored to come here, put on this shirt and play with these players, and to score on my debut, you couldn’t write. I’m just over the moon. I’ll have the shirt signed and framed 100 percent. ‘
‘I didn’t put that pressure on myself, I just wanted to get on the field. I’ve had the chance and I can’t believe it. ‘
The 25-year-old attacker shot off the bench to score their last goal in the 5-0 win
Gareth Southgate said the nature of his squad ‘makes it easy for young players to go to bed’
On his chances of bringing in Southgate’s Euros squad, he added: ‘I just have to take every game as it comes, focus on club form, play consistently for Villa.
“Help my team push up the table and get into Europe.”
Southgate said: “The reaction to his goal told you a lot about this side – they were so happy for him that they make it easy for young players to go to bed.”
Despite the comprehensive win, the 5-0 score equaled England’s lowest score against San Marino – the lowest-ranked team in the world.
And Southgate acknowledged, ‘If I’m ultra-clinical, we could have scored more. But the behaviors and habits we showed is what one day we need to do to be a top team.
“We respected the game and did it the right way.”
When asked if England should have scored more, Calvert-Lewin, who scored a brace, joked: ‘You’re never happy, are you? We scored five, it could have been more.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin said the squad is ‘all happy for him’ and that he looks ‘sharp’
While Calvert-Lewin hit back on reporters when asked if they should have scored more
‘I could have scored more, we had opportunities to be more clinical. I knew I would have opportunities. But I am very happy, we achieved what we wanted to do.
“We had a lot of the ball and I think it’s about keeping the bar high.”
On Watkins’ debut goal, the Everton forward added: “He’s been very sharp and he’s a nice guy – I know what it’s like to get into the squad. The feeling when he came in, we slapped him and we’re all happy for him. ‘
Meanwhile, the Football Association is confident that Sunday’s showdown in Albania will continue as planned, despite yesterday’s security concerns.
Marcus Rashford is unlikely to be involved against Albania or next week’s game against Poland due to a foot injury.