On the eve of what could be his international bow for England, Callum Brittain says it was an honour to receive the call to represent his national team.
The young defender is currently away with the Young Lions preparing for their two international fixtures against Italy and Czech Republic.
This is Brittain’s first time away with his national team and speaking to mkdons.com, the Dons Academy graduate revealed his shock at being informed of his selection in the squad.
“It was a real surprise,” he said. “We’d just finished training and I got called over by the manager. I was a bit lost for words when he told me because I couldn’t believe it.
“I rang my Dad and he didn’t say a word back to me at first – I don’t think he believed me. My family are really proud of me and I’ve had texts from everyone wishing me well.
“I’m honoured to be recognised by my country. It’s an exciting moment for me and I’m over the moon, to be honest.”
The call-up is the latest achievement in what has been a superb start to 2017/18 season for Brittain, who has tallied nine first-team appearances for the Dons and also scored his first goal in senior football.
“It’s been an incredible month for me. To come through from the age of eight and to now be playing in the first team – it is something I’ve always wanted to do.
“To then be called up to represent my country is out of this world. It’s something that so many people dream of and I get the opportunity to take it.”
While surprised at his inclusion, Brittain’s focus is solely on helping the Young Lions in their two fixtures which will take place over the next eight days.
The first of those matches is this Thursday against the Azzurri and while expecting a testing evening, Brittain is excited for the challenge.
“Italy are always tough, as are the Czech Republic. They will be two very tough games but I’m looking forward to it.”