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What Ollie Watkins said to Cole Palmer as England hero sends Spain two-word message

Ollie Watkins described his England heroics as “unbelievable” as the Aston Villa striker fired the Three Lions into the Euro 2024 final.

Watkins came off the subs’ bench in the closing stages of the semi-final against the Netherlands and scored a sensational winner, seizing onto a pass from Cole Palmer and arrowing a low shot past Bart Verbruggen to spark euphoric celebrations.

England will now face Spain in the final on Sunday and speaking to ITV after the 2-1 win against the Netherlands, Watkins said: “Unbelievable. I’ve been waiting for that moment for weeks. It’s taken a lot of hard work to get to where I am now. I’m grateful I got the opportunity and I grabbed it with both hands and I’m delighted.

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“I swear on my life, on my kids’ lives, I said to Cole Palmer ‘We’re coming on and you’re going to set me up’ and that’s why I was so happy with Coley, I knew as soon as he got the ball he was going to play me.

“You’ve got to be greedy, touch and shoot and when I see it going into the bottom corner it’s the best feeling ever.

“There’s been a lot of criticism but at the end of the day we’re in the final and that’s all that matters. Forget all the outside noise, we’re in the final.

“We’ve got that kind of bounce-back factor, going a goal behind seems to kick us into gear. We never give up. We’ve won on penalties and come from behind. There’s one more game now – we’re ready.”

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