Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has admitted that he was surprised to earn a call-up to Gareth Southgate’s latest England squad.
Gomez, 20, was one of the surprise names in Southgate’s selection, with England taking on Germany and Brazil in friendlies over the next week.
Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek – on loan at Swansea City and Crystal Palace respectively – also received call-ups as Southgate took the opportunity to look at a number of options ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Gomez has impressed for Liverpool since recovering from a long-term knee injury, and the defender, who is valued at £7.2m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has said that it ‘means a great deal’ to be selected to represent the Three Lions at senior level.
Gomez told reporters:
“It means a great deal for me personally. 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.”
England, who breezed to qualification for next summer’s World Cup, will host Germany on Friday night, before Brazil make the trip to London next week.
The Three Lions will be without the services of Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane after the 24-year-old was forced to withdraw through injury.