The Ollie Watkins moment for England that gave Brentford further cause for celebration



Brentford will receive a £1m bonus from Aston Villa after Ollie Watkins made his debut for England in tonight’s 5-0 win over San Marino.

The 25-year-old came on for Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 63rd minute of the opening 2022 World Cup qualifier at Wembley, meaning a clause built into his £28m transfer last summer has been activated.

Watkins went on to score England’s fifth goal with a low finish across goal seven minutes before the end following a pass from Manchester City’s Phil Foden.

However the Bees will send £150,000 of the payment to Exeter City as part of an existing agreement between the clubs.

Watkins moved to West London in 2018 as part of a £1.8m deal that included a 15% add on for any future moves while current Villa manager Dean Smith was in charge at Griffin Park.

The League Two club received £4.2m from his £28m summer move to Villa Park and will be due the same percentage cut following this evening’s appearance.

International bonuses are nothing new for Brentford. They had a similar deal in place for central defender James Tarkowski, who made his international bow in March 2018 having joined Burnley two years previous for about £3million.

The Lancashire club coughed up £500,000 when Tarkowski won his first of two caps.

There were a number of other unspecified add-ons in the deal to send Watkins to Villa which could eventually take the total value of the deal to £33million.

Speaking to ITV afterwards, Watkins said: “It’s unbelievable, it’s what I dreamt about to be honest. I’m speechless to be honest. It’s been a good journey. I’m honoured to come out here, get a chance to put on this shirt and even score on my debut. I’m over the moon.”

Meanwhile, his former clubmate Ethan Pinnock made his debut for Jamaica in their 4-1 friendly defeat to the United States in Austria earlier today. Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic came off at half-time for the States. Fulham’s Michael Hector featured for the Reggae Boys.





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