I think most would agree that international games continue to be an utter stupidity as we are looking to come out of the other end of the Covid pandemic, but Thursday night’s round of qualifiers did give Aston Villa fans plenty to cheer about.
2014: Exeter City debut 🆕
2017: Named #EFL Young Player of the Year 🏆
2017: Joins Brentford FC ✍️
2020: Championship Player of the Year + top scorer. 🏆
2020: Joins Aston Vila ✍️
2021: Scores on England debut 🏴
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) March 25, 2021
Although Jack Grealish missed out as he continues to recover from injury and get back to full fitness, Tyrone Mings was joined by Ollie Watkins in the England set-up as Gareth Southgate rewarded his efforts this year with a maiden call up.
As watchers will know, the 25-year-old earned his first cap as a second half substitute as he replaced Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 63rd minute and he only went and bagged his first England goal in the 83rd minute with a tidy little finish.
“It’s unbelievable, it’s what I’ve dreamt about to be honest.” 🤩
Ollie Watkins reacts after marking his international debut with a goal! 🏴 pic.twitter.com/dbmkCEOILs
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) March 25, 2021
Well deserved, and with our own season hitting the rails lately, it will be a much needed further boost of confidence for him. The only question now is does he get another cameo against Albania on Sunday?
Vital Villa’s Ollie Watkins Forum Thread
The reaction was obvious amongst fans on social media, but it was good to see his celebration with Mings as well as the likes of Jack being quick to send their congratulations as it does show that despite our results wobble lately, the dressing room remains tight.
— Jack Grealish (@JackGrealish) March 25, 2021
What a beautiful man 💜
— Ethan Spencer (@AVFCLife) March 25, 2021
The tears in his eyes 🥺💜💙
— Luke 💜💙 (@LukeKing_) March 25, 2021
Congrats Ollie ❤️
— Lisa Russell (@Lisaeve77) March 25, 2021
Get in well done Ollie ❤️
— Kirby Styche (@KirbyStyche) March 25, 2021
Lovely guy. Well deserved.
Something like this – a 'dream come true' – might be just the spark we need to get the rest of the Squad firing again.#confidence
— Villanous (@Villanous_) March 25, 2021
Just seems such a lovely, genuine guy. So pleased for him.
— Chris Barker (@CBarker81) March 25, 2021
So proud of our Ollie 😊💜💙🦁
— Clare Field (@clare247) March 25, 2021
What a top bloke!! Over the moon for him!! Just like Ty, wonderful ambassadors for our club 🦁 and country 🏴
— Rich Allen (@richallen10) March 25, 2021
— David Smith (@cds4324) March 25, 2021
I am reliably informed that Ollie now goes into the records books as the first person to score on his debut for England since a certain Darius Vassell against the Netherlands back in February 2002.
John McGinn was also in action for Scotland and he had a bit of success himself.
— Billy Champions 55 🏆 (@Billy9481) March 25, 2021
Will Ollie Get A Full Debut This Window
Yes He Should Do
No, No Need To Rush It