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Euro 2024: Watkins overwhelmed after netting England winner in semi-final

England are heading to the Euro 2024 final thanks to Ollie Watkins' winner.

England's Ollie Watkins

England striker Ollie Watkins was feeling the love after he scored the winner in the semi-final of Euro 2024.

The Aston Villa man netted in the dying seconds to set up a final showdown with Spain in Berlin on Sunday.

After a good first half from the Three Lions, the game died down in the second half against the Dutch, and it took some fresh legs to open things back up.

Watkins had been on the pitch for less than 15 minutes and scored with just his fourth touch, silencing the sea of orange inside Borussia Dortmund’s stadium.

It was fellow substitute Cole Palmer who set up Watkins and the latter revealed in his post-match interview that they spoke about combining for a goal before the match.

He said: “I’m lost for words! I didn’t want to come off the pitch at the end because I wanted to soak it all in.

As soon as Cole turned, I made the move; I knew what was coming. I don’t think I’ve ever hit a ball that sweet.

“I never thought I’d play at a Euro with England, but I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get to this point.

“Spain are a great footballing team. Lots of squad depth like ourselves.

“It’s the most important game of our lives but for now we want to celebrate this.

“The amount of people who messaged me today to say I was going to score the winner was unbelievable.

“They obviously put it out in the universe. Hopefully they can do the same on Sunday, and maybe give me the lottery numbers.”

England will face a tough test against Spain, who have been the team of the tournament.

Gareth Southgate’s side looked much-improved against the Dutch, but will have to up it yet again one last time on Sunday.

It marks back-to-back Euro finals for England after the heartbreak on penalties against Italy three years ago.

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Mitch Fretton

Mitch is a freelance sports journalist with experience working for LiveScore, GOAL and Colchester United. He has experience working from both his desk at home and in the press box at games covering the Champions League and international football.

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