Liverpool defender Neco Williams marked his home debut for the Wales national team with a stunning injury-time winner against Bulgaria in the UEFA Nations League.
What a way to mark your @Cymru home debut! 😱
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) September 6, 2020
Williams, 19, came off the bench for Ryan Giggs’ side to convert his first international goal for his country to ensure Wales maintained their 100 per cent start to their Nations League campaign.
The goal came in just his second senior international appearance after Williams met a left-wing cross with a clinical downward header at the far post to hand his country back-to-back 1-0 victories in League B Group 4.
Following what must have been a boyhood dream come true, Williams has since taken to Instagram to share the moment the teenager became a national hero.
The caption read: “WHAT A FEELING!!! Buzzing to have scored the winner on my home debut for my country making my family proud. Gutted the fans weren’t there to be in the moment.”
The post unsurprisingly received an outpour of responses including a host from proud teammates including Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Ki-Jana Hoever and Rhian Brewster as well as Liverpool’s goalkeeping coach John Achterberg.
Williams’ former teammate Adam Lallana also reacted to the post with the former Liverpool midfielder’s talents currently being utilised with Brighton and Hove Albion.
British rapper, songwriter and life-long Liverpool supporter Yungen also took to Instagram to congratulate Williams following his home debut for his country.
Williams became only the eighth Liverpool player to score for Wales to join the illustrious company of Ian Rush, John Toshack, Craig Bellamy, Harry Wilson, Dean Saunders, Ben Woodburn and Ernest Peake.
“To be honest, I can’t really sum it up at the minute,” Williams told Sky Sports post-match. “Before the goal, we must have made about 25 passes before the goal actually went in, so the build-up to it was the main thing.
“And to finish it off, and especially to get my first goal for my country, is just a proud moment for me and my family. It’ll be a day I’ll remember for the rest of my life.”
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