A decision by Marcus Forss to choose club over country paid off spectacularly when he struck a stunning hat-trick for Wimbledon yesterday.
The 20-year-old striker, who could have gone away with Finland Under-21s, was understandably overjoyed after netting his first senior hat-trick.
Speaking after his treble at Southend, Marcus said: “It was a very hard decision. Obviously, I want to play for Finland and play here, but after talking with the management there we decided that the best decision was to stay. I want to thank the management at Finland for understanding that I wanted to stay here. It’s a fantastic achievement for me.
“I am so happy for the team and for me as well. It was a fantastic win. When the ball is in the box I come alive, that’s what I’m all about. I’ve been working so hard and so has the team for this in training, to get these three points. To get six points in the league and a win in the cup makes it a fantastic week.”
Marcus thanked our fans for sticking with him after his red card anguish against Bristol Rovers.
“It was my fault for the red card and I needed to learn from that. This is a little gift back to the fans and everyone really. In every game I’ve played the fans have been amazing, so I want to thank you all. It means so much to us. When we were not doing well you kept us going. Here we are now with six points and we can keep on going.
“This can give us a lot of confidence. We knew that we were a good team, but now the results are going our way and we need to keep going and climbing up the table.”
Take a look below at the highlights from Saturday's game, including that hat-trick from Marcus and a superb header from Ryan Delaney.