Ollie Watkins believes Euro 2024 spot within reach

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Aston Villa marksman Ollie Watkins isn't one to mince words. After firing home another two goals to fuel Villa's heart-stopping 3-2 win over Luton Town, he was upfront about his ambitions: the Euro 2024 squad. With 16 Premier League goals under his belt, a career-best, he has his eyes on the prize. Watkins admitted to BBC after his double,

"If I said I wasn’t thinking about the Euros I would be lying to you. I want to score as many goals as possible. I feel like I am doing that. I am confident and I am playing my best football."

Although Watkins has worn the England shirt nine times, he missed the cut for Euro 2020. Now, his sights are firmly set on changing that narrative. He has the experience under his belt, ready to seize any chance that comes his way.

England boss Gareth Southgate has noted Watkins' impressive form, even including him in the latest squad. But with Southgate favouring players who can wear multiple hats, Watkins might face an uphill battle against more versatile front-line options.

Watkins' resurgence is a testament to Unai Emery's influence. Since the Spanish tactician took the helm at Villa, Watkins has been a force of nature – his involvement in over 25 Premier League goals speaks volumes.

Emery's shrewd adjustments, placing Watkins at the tip of the spear and encouraging smarter movement, have paid off big time. His clinical finishing and clever runs have been pivotal to Villa's climb up the league table.

While many see his Euro chances as a long shot, Watkins' raw talent can't be denied. Kane is England's undisputed main man, and attacking talents like Rashford, Saka, and Grealish add flexibility, but Watkins is hungry and peaking at the right time.

For now, Villa and their Champions League dreams are his focus. But one thing's for sure – Watkins has put Southgate on notice. Should the call come, he'll be ready to transfer his club form to the biggest of stages.