Ollie takes a step toward the Euros

Torbay Weekly

England manager Gareth Southgate has gone for South Devon's Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins over Leeds United forward Patrick Bamford in his 'provisional' 33-strong squad for next month's Euro 2020 Finals.

Now Torquay-born Watkins, 25, must hope that he makes the 26-man roster which Southgate will announce next Tuesday, after Chelsea and Manchester City meet in Saturday's Champions League Final.

Watkins, who grew up in Newton Abbot and attended South Dartmoor Community College, supported Torquay United as a boy with his friend Jamie Reid, although both joined Exeter City because the Gulls' Academy was closed at the time.

After starring for the Grecians and then Brentford in the Championship, Watkins has scored 16 goals since Villa paid £28 million for him last summer.

He also marked his England debut with a goal against San Marino (5-0) in March, and it appears that Southgate faced a straight choice between him and Bamford as back-up to his senior strikers.