Conor Coady struggled to put his emotions into words after scoring for England at Wembley, on a night he’ll never, ever forget.
The Wolves skipper was handed his second international cap against Wales on Thursday evening and enjoyed a night of dreams, scoring in a 3-0 win and finishing the contest with the England captain’s armband. More than four years had passed since Coady’s last goal from open play, but his back-post finish from a fine Kieran Trippier free-kick was one a striker would be proud of and will live with the Wolves defender for the rest of his time.
On his first England goal
“I’m still in a bit of shock, to be honest. The ball was incredible. On the edge of the box, Dominic [Calvert-Lewin] said to me we’ll swap because I’d been doing the front post and all of a sudden it came to me, it came to my toe, and all I had to do was get contact on it.
“It’ll live with me forever. I think it’ll be on repeat in my house now, with my kids, but it’s an amazing night.
“I don’t think I’ve scored in four or five years, so Wolves fans will be going mad, but it’s an incredible night. To play for my country is one thing, but to go and score at Wembley, I can’t explain it.”
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On ending with the armband
“Again, it’s the feeling of pride. To play for your country is one thing, but to then go and wear the armband at Wembley is just different level. I’m a little bit in shock with everything that’s happened, the win, the clean sheet, and playing with these players.
“Everything about playing at Wembley for England is sensational and it’s a night I’ll never forget.”
On trying to impress
“You want to come and impress, of course you do, everybody wants to impress, but I want to help the team when I’m called upon, if the manager needs me for anything. I’ll give 110 per cent every single time I play for my country.
“To come and play at Wembley for England is something I’ve dreamed about all my life. I think I should have scored one first-half as well and I was gutted with myself, I said that to the lads on the way back, and they were saying, ‘Don’t panic, keep going’.”
On the positive group of players
“I think you could see with every single player, it’s a new system for a lot of the boys and I think we grew into the game, starting having more of the ball, and playing well, and the lads who came on were fantastic as well.
“I can’t speak highly enough of how they’ve been with me. I can speak for myself, they’ve been incredible. To play at Wembley for England is different level.”
On an empty Wembley
“The only thing we’re missing is the supporters. I’ve said it plenty of times now, we need supporters back for football. I’ve seen it now in other countries and I want to see it in England, because we miss them more than anything. The sooner we get them back, the better for everybody."