The midfielder has made it into Peter Taylor's England Under-21 squad and is aiming for his first cap against Holland at Derby's Pride Park tonight.
It is just reward for the player who grabbed the headlines after a stunning full home debut with two goals against Everton on New Year's Day.
Since then he's started two games and come off the bench in another three and clearly done enough to warrant international recognition.
"It's my first international call-up and I'm really pleased," he said. "You always think about it but this has come out of the blue, to be honest.
"I was just concentrating on playing for Spurs after getting my chance and this is another bonus in what has been an amazing month.
"It's something you dream about to play for England at any level so it's a big plus for me. As the levels go, this is the second best, so I'm chuffed to be involved.
"I've watched the games on Sky and always thought 'I'd like to be out there' and now I've got an opportunity. It will be a great experience."
Dean Marney admits his first international call came as a bolt out of the blue.