Southampton full-back Sam McQueen has expressed his joy in receiving his first ever call-up to the England Under-21 squad.
The 22-year-old’s international career has been pretty much non-existent until now.
This season under manager Claude Puel, McQueen was given a chance to shine in defence when a shift needed to be made following Virgil van Dijk’s injury.
So far, the young player has started four Premier League games and has come off the bench in a further six.
McQueen also played twice in both the FA Cup and EFL Cup, and made three appearances in the Europa League earlier in the campaign.
His performances have been rewarded with a call-up to Aidy Boothroyd’s Young Lions squad, who will face Germany and Denmark on March 24 and March 27 respectively.
An amazing feeling to get my first international call up ????⚽️ thank you to everyone for the messages and support! ❤ pic.twitter.com/xtSrvnyQQv
— Sam McQueen (@sammcqueen123) March 16, 2017
McQueen has been part of the Southampton setup since 2003 when he joined the academy as an eight year old.
He went on to make his first-team debut in 2014, but did not feature in a Premier League game until this season in a 3-1 win over Burnley in October.