The defensive midfielder, making only his third senior appearance for the Three Lions, powered home a stoppage time header from Jordan Henderson’s corner to seal a remarkable comeback victory for his nation against Germany.
Wheeling away in celebration at the Berlin Olympiastadion, Eric was quickly mobbed by his team-mates with Spurs colleagues Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Harry Kane – the latter having scored England’s opener as they came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 – at the forefront of the party.
All four played the full game for Roy Hodgson’s side with Kyle Walker on the bench and, after opening his international goalscoring account in such dramatic fashion against England’s fierce rivals, Eric said the presence of his club team-mates during the late celebrations made his night complete.
“It was the best way for it to happen, to be with the boys from Spurs,” beamed the 22-year-old, who has scored four goals in all competitions for us this season.
“We enjoyed a nice moment at the end of the game – all that was missing was Walks being on the pitch too!
“It’s an amazing feeling to score for England and one that I won’t forget – it’s probably the best feeling I have felt thus far in my career and it’s a very proud moment for me and my family.
“I thought the team showed great character and stayed positive to come back, too. Once we got one goal back, everyone had the belief that we could go on and win.”
Danny also had reason to celebrate on the night. The flying left-back marked his senior England debut with a typically energetic and committed performance and Eric was first to sing his praises after the game.
“I’m so happy for him,” Eric said. “His opportunity is very much deserved and to play like he did on his debut, in that sort of game, was fantastic.”