Stephens: An unbelievable feeling

By SFC Media Thu 10 Nov International

Jack Stephens was struggling to sum up his emotions after netting the winner for England Under-21s against Italy at St Mary’s.

The Southampton Academy graduate, playing a first international fixture on home soil, smashed home an injury-time winner as the Young Lions beat Italy 3-2.

For Stephens, it was a memorable moment, as he converted from a James Ward-Prowse corner deep into stoppage time to continue England’s impressive home record.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling – to score for your country is big enough as it is, but to do it in front of our home fans on my home ground is amazing,” he said.

“It couldn’t have turned out any better. I’m delighted and I just can’t stop smiling.

“I don’t score many, so I have to enjoy it when I do score. It’s my first England goal and the winner as well, so it was just incredible.”

Jack Stephens celebrates

Reflecting on the game itself, Stephens felt the Young Lions deserved to come out on top against their Italian counterparts.

“I enjoyed the game,” he added. “I thought it was two good sides up against one another. Sometimes they were on top and we had to dig in.

“Obviously going 2-1 down as well made it about us bouncing back and showing the spirit that we have in the dressing room and we did that.

“I think the goals were coming in the second half. We played some good stuff and we definitely deserved to win the game.”

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