Derby's ex Spurs forward scores classy back heel for first international goal

Derby County stadium entrance

Dawkins capped three international games in nine days with his first goal for the Reggae Boyz.

Derby County forward Simon Dawkins has enjoyed a memorable 18 months of football.

At one point it looked like Dawkins was on his way out of the game, after being released at the end of his contract at Spurs and spending nearly two years without a deal. He ended up re-signing at Tottenham, before a series of loan deals saw him eventually end up making his Premier League debut for Aston Villa in 2013. 

Dawkins was sold to the Rams in January after a decent loan spell over Christmas that saw him score 3 goals in 13 games. He ended up becoming Steve McClaren's first permanent signing at Pride Park.

Well, things have gotten even better for Dawkins since the end of the season, after being called up by the Jamaica national team and making his debut last week in the narrow loss to World Cup qualifiers Serbia. Last night he went one further, scoring his first goal for his country in just his third appearance, netting against Egypt with an instinctive flicked back heel goal that oozed class.

The 26-year-old is set to be a key man in Derby's promotion challenge next season, and if international football brings this sort of play out of him it may be a particularly successful year for the club.

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