Watkins eager to learn from Kane after his first call-up
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After receiving his first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s squad, Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins admitted that being on the same training pitch as Harry Kane was a bit of a shock, but he hopes to learn from the England captain.

Watkins, a long-time admirer of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, has been rewarded for a strong Premier League season in which he has scored 10 goals in 28 games and could make his international debut against San Marino on Thursday.

“I was speaking to the strength and conditioning coach here about three and a half years ago when I was at Brentford,” said Watkins.

“I was asking him about what Harry Kane’s routine is and a few years later, I am here training with him. It is a bit of a shock but enjoyable as well.”

Watkins looks forward to earning a regular England spot but admits it will be difficult to oust Kane, who has 32 goals in 51 appearances for England.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of him,” Watkins said. “Everyone knows what he’s capable of and there’s a lot of other talented English strikers as well.

“It’s always going to be hard to play for England, let alone take a position, but I’m just trying to be the best player I can be.”

Watkins, who grew up as an Arsenal fan, said he modeled his game after Thierry Henry, one of the club’s best players.

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“Henry I think is probably the best striker to ever play in the Premier League,” he said. “He’s definitely someone I look up to, supporting Arsenal from young. But I feel like I’m a long way away from being like Thierry.”

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