The Aston Villa star expressed his delight after opening his scoring account on the worldwide degree
Ollie Watkins mentioned he was “over the moon” to fulfil his dream of scoring on his England debut in opposition to San Marino on Thursday night time.
Watkins got here off the bench to spherical off a snug 5-Zero win for the Three Lions at Wembley as Gareth Southgate’s facet made the right begin to their 2022 World Cup qualifying marketing campaign.
The Aston Villa striker expressed his pleasure after the ultimate whistle whereas promising to maintain his head down and take every recreation because it comes at each worldwide and membership degree.
What’s been mentioned?
Watkins advised ITV Sport of his maiden objective for England: “Unbelievable, what I’ve dreamt about. All day within the resort I used to be simply pondering that I hope to get an opportunity to return on, take pleasure in it and get the chance to attain. I am speechless to be sincere.
“It has been a very good journey. I simply really feel honoured that I can come out right here and play for my nation with these gamers and rating on my debut. Over the moon.
“I simply wished to get on pitch for a begin. I’ve and may’t consider it.
“I’ll take every recreation because it comes, concentrate on my membership type, play persistently for Aston Villa, rating for them, assist the workforce push up the desk and hopefully get into Europe and take it from there.”
How did Southgate react to Watkins’ efficiency?
Southgate singled Watkins out for particular reward in his post-match interview, highlighting the speedy impression he has had since being drafted into the squad.
“The very first thing you noticed was the response from the remainder of the workforce,” the England boss mentioned to ITV. “That reveals you the way collectively they’re. They know what it means for him. He is settled in actually rapidly with the group.
He is a very humble boy and it was good to have the ability to give him half an hour or so. For him to get a objective is a fairytale is not it?”
Watkins objective caps an ideal night time for England
As anticipated, the Three Lions have been dominant proper from the primary whistle in opposition to San Marino, whose rearguard was breached after simply 14 minutes when James Ward-Prowse swept house a Ben Chilwell cross.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin doubled the hosts’ benefit seven minutes later with a trademark header, earlier than a Raheem Sterling strike put England 3-Zero up simply after the half-hour mark.
Calvert-Lewin tapped house his second early within the second interval after being teed up by Jesse Lingard and Watkins had the ultimate say to make sure that Southgate’s facet moved prime of Group I forward of their subsequent fixture in opposition to Albania on Sunday.