Ollie Watkins: I told Cole Palmer he would set me up against Netherlands

Ollie Watkins said he had a premonition about the last-gasp goal that swept England into the Euro 2024 final with a dramatic comeback win over the Netherlands.

Watkins took a pass from fellow late substitute Cole Palmer and fired home from a tight angle in the 90th minute to seal a showdown with Spain on Sunday.

And the Aston Villa man praised both his team-mate and the never-say-die spirit that has taken Gareth Southgate’s side all the way against all the odds.

England v Netherlands – UEFA Euro 2024 – Semi Final – BVB Stadion Dortmund
Ollie Watkins sealed England’s place in the Euro 2024 final (Bradley Collyer/PA)

“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 in.

“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.

“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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