Ollie Watkins stays ready for leading England role after Serbian acting job

Striker helped out defenders before opener but is ready to be more than just Harry Kane’s understudy in Germany

At some point over the next four weeks, there is likely to be a moment when England need Ollie Watkins to do more than impersonate Dusan Vlahovic in training. As with any understudy, the trick is being prepared for any opportunity that comes his way.

There is no telling when Gareth Southgate will turn to Watkins. And unfortunately for the Aston Villa striker, he currently has one of the hardest jobs in football. Much like Vincent Janssen, Carlos Vinícius and Roberto Soldado in previous seasons at Tottenham Hotspur, there is not much that Watkins can do other than accept that being behind Harry Kane means spending a lot of time on the bench.

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