Newcastle’s Andros Townsend is hoping for a trip to Euro 2016 with England as he attempts to put the misery of relegation behind him.
The 24-year-old was a surprise inclusion in the initial 26-strong party named on Monday, just days after the Magpies’ exit from the Barclays Premier League was confirmed.
He now faces the task of forcing his way into Roy Hodgson’s final 23, something he admits would be the biggest achievement of his career to date.
Townsend told www.nufc.co.uk: “It would be a dream come true. It’s every young boy’s dream to grow up and go on to play at a major tournament for their country, and I am no different.
“It would be the best achievement of my career so far – but there is still a long way to go and a lot of hard work. Hopefully in a couple of weeks, I will make the final 23.
“Playing for England and pulling on that shirt is a huge honour. You are deemed to be one of the 23 best English players, and to represent your country in any sport is the highlight of your career.
“Hopefully I can add to my 10 caps over this summer.”