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Aston Villa's Ollie Watkins reveals friend predictions prior to special England winner

Ollie Watkins may have only played 29 minutes in an England shirt at Euro 2024 - but his goal has put the Three Lions on the brink of making history.


The Villa striker, who came into the Euros on the back of netting 28 goals in all competitions has had to bide his time and be patient in the last few weeks.

And prior to Wednesday's semi-final, he had made just one substitute appearance in the previous five games.

However, he was presented with his chance to shine as he replaced Harry Kane in the 81st minute against Holland, and he grabbed it with both hands.

His 90th minute winner sparked jubilant scenes in Dortmund and handed England their first ever semi-final victory on foreign soil.

And despite the frustrations regarding a lack of game time - Watkins revealed there have been others who predicted he would make a big impact on the competition.

"I'm lost for words. When you score the emotion comes through your body, but this is a different feeling," explained the Villa striker.

"It was like slow motion running to celebrate with the boys. I didn't want to get off the pitch at the end, I wanted to soak it all in, because this doesn't happen very often.

"I've had to work hard to get to this point, not just this season, it has been accumulative.

"I have worked hard so I am going to enjoy every moment.

"I have been frustrated, I don't like being on the bench.

"I have had the best season of my career and I've had messages from friends saying, be patient, you will get your opportunity and you will have a big part to play in the tournament.

"The amount of messages I had saying I will come on and score was ridiculous.

"They put it out into the universe and hopefully they can do the same for the final...or even give me the lottery numbers!"

Check out 20 images of Watkins' superb late winner and the jubilant celebrations

England's Ollie Watkins lashes in the 90th minute winner

England's Ollie Watkins fires home the winner

England's Ollie Watkins celebrates with the substitutes

England's Ollie Watkins wheels away in celebration

England's Ollie Watkins celebrates his winning goal

England's Ollie Watkins and Marc Guehi at the full time whistle

Watkins points to the crowd after his dramatic winner

Watkins at the final whistle

England's Ollie Watkins and Marc Guehi

Watkins takes photos with supporters

England's Ollie Watkins fires in the winner (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru).

Watkins celebrates with Jude Bellingham (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic).

England's Ollie Watkins fires home his late winner (AP Photo/Martin Meissner).

England's Ollie Watkins celebrates with Jude Bellingham (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru).

England's Ollie Watkins blows a kiss to the crowd after his dramatic late winner (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).

Watkins celebrates alongside Bukayo Saka and Cole Palmer (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).

England's substitutes embrace Watkins (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis).

England players celebrate Watkins' late goal (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar).

Watkins celebrates with captain Harry Kane

England players embrace match winner Watkins

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