Gyan thrilled to have scored 'historic' goal

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Asamoah Gyan wished he could have celebrated his “historic goal” at Wembley with a dance after he scored the equaliser for Ghana against England.

The 25-year-old striker showed class to get the stoppage time equaliser on Tuesday night as Ghana rallied back to draw 1-1 with England.

Picking the ball on the edge of the penalty area, Gyan dribbled Joleon Lescott then curled a left-foot shot into the far corner of Joe Hart’s net.

And that strike would always be remembered as Ghana's first goal against England in a first meeting between both countries at senior level.

“I am happy because it’s an important goal for the country and for the fans,” Gyan told reporters.

“I was twisting and turning, but honestly, I didn’t know what I was doing, I was just trying to protect the ball.

“The English defenders are very intelligent, but they did not know if I was going to pass the ball, but I thought, well they might push me down, but they didn’t do that, so I thought, I’ve got a chance, so I took my chance.”

“This goal is something historic—its the first goal we’ve scored against England.”

Though the making of the goal showed his quality, Gyan does not expect it to draw the attention of Europe's big clubs.

“No, I am a player at Sunderland, I am just concentrating on that. I am very young, I have lots more to do in football, so I am just working hard.”

“I just wanted to dance after scoring it, the atmosphere was wild—I didn’t get the chance to dance because suddenly everyone else was on top of me, but maybe I will next time.”

The game, lived up to its billing as 80,102 fans filled the Wembley Stadium.