Ollie Watkins was overwhelmed by emotions after scoring in his debut with England at Wembley on Thursday night against San Marino.
The Aston Villas striker replaced Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the second half at Wembley and wasted no time in making his impact.
With his first stroke in international football, the 25-year-old scored the final goal in a 5-0 win over San Marino at Wembley.
Watkins had a bright smile on his face, but also manager Gareth Southgate and his English team-mates, who welcomed him with open arms after he joined the squad at St George’s Park.
After the match, Watkins seemed to be in complete disbelief about what he had just achieved when speaking in the interview and reflecting on his journey.
“It’s incredible, it’s what I dreamed of being honest. “All day at the hotel I just hoped I would have a chance and I would have that opportunity to potentially score,” Watkins said after the game.
“I did not know it would happen! I’m speechless to be honest. It has been a good trip. “I just feel honored to be able to go out here, wear this shirt and play with the players I am playing with.”
“To mark my debut, I can not write it. “I am above the moon to be honest”, concluded the English striker.
Watkins’s trip to the top has been anything but ordinary. He was turned down by Exeter as a nine-year-old before returning to U-11 level and winning a professional contract in 2014.
He then went on loan to Weston-super-Mare in the sixth tier of English football, scoring 10 goals in 25 appearances.
Humbled as never before, he also helped clean up the locker rooms before returning to Exeter and being forced to join the first team squad under Paul Tisdale.
A move to Brentford followed and he scored double-digit goals in three consecutive seasons in the Bees Championship – including 25 of 46 appearances in his final season.
In the summer, Dean Smith signed him for the second time when he brought him to Villa Park for a fee of milionë 33 million.
Watkins has scored 10 goals in 28 Premier League appearances this season, including a hat-trick in the stunning 7-2 win over Liverpool in October. / Telegraphy /