Viktor Gyokeres continued his impressive start to the season by earning his third cap for his country this weekend, and Coventry City fans love it.
The Sky Blues striker was called up to international service with Sweden shortly after hanging on in the 4-1 CBS Arena victory over Fulham, after the news that star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic had been ruled out due to injury.
The 23-year-old, who has scored an outstanding nine goals in his first 11 championship games for Mark Robin’s men, connected with his national team and spent the week training with them ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Kosovo, which Sweden won 3-0.
Gyokeres started on the bench and was thrown on for the last four minutes of extra time, going on in the 91st minute.
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He replaced Juventus forward Dejan Kulusevski and came straight into the match with a shot on goal that was blocked.
Afterwards, the City star tweeted his joy and said: “What a feeling, hard to take in but a dream to make a debut in the national team. Thanks to everyone who has been on their way to new goals. ”
Gyokeres will now hope to get better with more pitch time tomorrow night when Sweden host Greece in their second match in the international break.
Sky Blues fans shared their joy with their hero as they watched his progress from a distance, many hoping he gets more playing time and a goal, while another is more worried about his return to Ryton later this week unharmed and ready for Saturday’s trip to Blackburn Rovers.
Here’s what City fans have said:
Steve Jones: Just the beginning.
Gin n Sin: Your latest fantastic form @Coventry_City should have earned you more time on the pitch! Continue like that!
Big Fat Jones: We have your back Vik.
Jav: Take things to another level this season and beyond.
Tony Robbins: Lots of love from Sky Blue Army.
Chris McGrath: Our guy … Swedish International …
Louis: The sky blue army is right behind you king.
Marr Healy: The first of many.
Chris Moffit: Made us all proud friends.
Neil Johnson: Well deserved big bay.
Akfie: Next match goal.
Scott Keane: Congratulations Vik.
Connor: Love you Vik. Hopefully more minutes on Tuesday and delivered home safely.
Ryan Watts: My husband! You are an amazing player Fold the only way is up! Aspire and progress my guy! Nothing stops your progression buddy! Top player.
Billy Key: Who needs Zlatan?
Kevin Ariss: Fantastic performance well deserved, forward and upward PUSB.
Andy Daly: Good work. Well deserved after your excellent start to the season.
Dan Thomas: Many more will come Viktor, I’m sure.