Joe Gomez has spoken for the first time about his call-up to the England squad.
Our talented young defender has been rewarded for his performances this term by Gareth Southgate, who named him among the 23 to face Germany and Brazil.
It’s a strange England squad that saw Daniel Sturridge and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain dropped, but the likes of Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek included.
But that’s taking nothing away from Gomez, whose performances at right-back in the Premier League see him there on merit.
“It means a great deal for me personally,” he told FourFourTwo.
“It has obviously been a dream of mine since I was a kid to represent my country at senior level.
“It was a surprise. I wasn’t expecting the call-up but it was great news for me and my family, all of those close to me, and it is a dream come true.”
With Nathaniel Clyne still out for the foreseeable, Gomez should keep his spot in the first-team until at least after Christmas – although Trent Alexander-Arnold provides exciting backup and an option in Europe.
It’s the latter who probably has more of a future in the position to be honest, due to his speed and end product, while we expect Gomez to at some point revert to centre-back.