Everton defender Ben Godfrey made his senior England debut as a substitute last night.

Godfrey was introduced in the second half of the 1-0 win over Austria at the Riverside Stadium.

He nearly made the worst possible start with his very first touch, however.

Godfrey didn’t look before passing the ball back to club teammate Jordan Pickford and only the goalkeeper’s quick feet in scrambling back prevented an own goal which would have marred the proud occasion.

Godfrey made his pride clear on Instagram after the game, posting a message to mark the occasion.

He has been dropped out of the Three Lions squad for the tournament, after Gareth Southgate cut his provisional party down to 26 from 33.

But he could be handed a reprieve if Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury keeps him out of the tournament.

Two players who are in the 26 are Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, who started in central midfield for England last night.

They both sent messages of congratulations to Godfrey in the replies to his post.

Godfrey looks a good long-term option for England at centre half and now he has got the nerves of that first appearance out of the way.