Aston Villa

Ollie Watkins will return to Aston Villa from international duty a better player after spending time with the England squad.

That is according to ex-Villa captain Gabby Agbonlahor, speaking exclusively to Football Insider as the 26-year-old grabbed a goal on his Three Lions debut against San Marino on Thursday night.

Watkins told the press ahead of his England debut that he was relishing the opportunity to train with the likes of Harry Kane.

He added: “I spoke to him a couple of times. I just asked him how he trains, how he looks after himself, just to get some inside knowledge on how he works.”

Asked whether Watkins will return to Villa Park a better player, Agbonlahor told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley: “100 per cent.

“The thing with Watkins that I like is he works hard even when he’s not getting the chances. Since Jack’s been injured he’s not been getting the chances he would’ve been if Jack was on the field because Jack gets the ball, takes players on, creates space and Watkins can make his run and Jack feeds him with the right pass.

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“Going away with England, he’ll have similar players to Jack.

“The problem with Villa is there hasn’t been the quality service available for him so he hasn’t scored. That’s the only reason.

“He’ll enjoy playing with better players because the more you play with better players, the better you become.”

Watkins added England’s fifth goal as they ran out 5-0 winners over San Marino at Wembley.

They travel to Albania on Sunday before hosting Poland back at Wembley on Wednesday.

In other news, Aston Villa chiefs fear they’ve made a big mistake over a £16m signing.