Sean Maguire has expressed his relief at breaking his international scoring duck following his goal in the 3-1 friendly win over New Zealand on Thursday.
Injuries have limited the Preston striker’s opportunities since making his international debut more than two years ago and the 25-year-old admitted that he could feel the pressure building on him to find the net.
"I did put a bit of added pressure on myself before the game thinking, 'I need to put a performance in tonight' and thankfully I thought I did and to top it off with a goal,” he said.
"It's a dream come true, scoring for your country. When those caps keep building and you don't see those goals going in, it gets really frustrating. It's a weight off my shoulders, massively.
"I made my debut two and a bit years ago and to finally get that goal is a dream come true.
"Normally I have a celebration or two in me, but tonight, I felt all emotions. Scoring for your country is what you dream of doing when you start playing football from a young age and I'm really delighted."
Maguire also praised the contribution of fellow striker Troy Parrott on his international debut.
"It's brilliant. The way Troy has come in this week and for 17 years of age, the build and the stature he's got - I thought at times he bullied their two centre-halves, made runs in behind, dropped short,” he added.
"He put in a proper number nine's performance and I was really pleased for him. Aaron (Connolly) unfortunately picked up a niggle and he missed out on these couple of games, but the competition just gets fierce. But it's healthy competition."