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FAIRY TALE: England beat San Marino 5-0 with Ollie Watkins debut goal

 

England cruised past San Marino in their first World Cup qualifier with a debut goal from Ollie Watkins included in a 5-0 win.

It was expected to be a straightforward win for England against minnows San Marino who have never won a competitive game.

England's fifth goal against San Marino came from Watkins. He scored on his debut for the national side following his good form at Aston Villa this season.

Everton's Dominic Calvert Lewin grabbed a brace for the Three Lions with James Ward-Prowse opening the scoring.

Raheem Sterling was the other scorer with the Manchester City winger captaining the team on the night.

As expected, England dominated the game enjoying 85% possession and 32 total shots.

San Marino attempted just 167 passes compared to England's 910. That's almost nine England passes to one San Marino one.

 

Southgate pleased with England mentality

 

England manager Gareth Southgate felt his side showed a good mentality in a game they were expected to win easily.

"We did it as well as we could," he told ITV. "I was really pleased with the way we pressed when we lost the ball - that highlighted the mentality of the team for the full 90 minutes.

"Of course, it's an opponent we should beat, but I thought they went about the job really well.

"There were lots of good individual performances, it would be difficult to pick one out."

 

 

Watkins 'speechless' after his debut England goal vs. San Marino

 

He would go on to talk about Watkins however after he scored his first England goal in his debut against San Marino.

Southgate described the goal as a 'fairy tale' for the Aston Villa striker after his instant impact.

The England manager added: "The first thing you saw was the reaction from the rest of the team, that shows you how together they are - they know what it means for him.

"He's settled in really quickly with the group. He's a really humble boy and it was nice to be able to give him half an hour or so. For him to get a goal is a fairy tale isn't it?"

Watkins himself struggled to find the words to describe his feelings after scoring on his England debut against San Marino.

He joined Villa in the summer from Brentford in the Championship, but four years ago he was playing his football in League Two.

When he spoke post-match, he said, "It's unbelievable. It's what I've dreamt about, to be honest.

"All day in the hotel I was just thinking - I hope I get a chance and just enjoy it.

"I just feel honoured that I can come out here and get the chance to put on the [England] shirt."

 

 

England's next game comes against Albania on Sunday.


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