Michael Dawson admits, if he casts his mind back six months, he could not have imagined being involved in a tour to South Korea.
Back in January, the central defender was nursing a shin injury and contemplating the prospect of a battle to remain in the Championship with Nottingham Forest. A late swoop in the winter transfer window saw him - along with Andy Reid - bring his talents to the Premiership stage, one he introduced himself to with a debut against Liverpool at Anfield.
"No, I probably didn't imagine playing in the Premiership either six months ago," beamed the England under-21 international. I've come a long way and I'm on a pre-season tour here with Tottenham, which is great.
"In pre-season you are usually away and South Korea is a long way to come. It is a great experience and when I told people we were going they said it is another country I'll have visited and more things I would come across. It is good to come away and all the lads are together so you get to know them a lot more. Normally it is just in training but out here it is 24/7 and that is good, you get to know people in a much better way."
Michael added that he looking forward to the prospect of performing in the World Cup Stadiums out here, but offers delayed sympathy to teams who were allocated the early kick-offs during the tournament in 2002.
"That's it, we have been out in a couple of stadiums and it has been very hot. I remember teams playing at noon in the World Cup and it must have been absolutely baking. I'm glad we're playing in night games."
"For us out here we will be coming up against different players and teams. I'm sure Boca Juniors will be quite tough but it is all part of the experience of coming out here. The country and playing against the kind of teams you don't come up against very often."