Our in-form defender, who cemented his credentials with a superb performance against Arsenal's Thierry Henry at Highbury on Saturday, received the news via a telephone call from Spurs Lodge within minutes of leaving our training ground for home this afternoon.
"I thought it was a wind-up at first," said an extremely happy Anthony. "My next emotion was surprise, just extreme surprise.
"I always look to see who is in the squad when they are announced because I am an England fan first and foremost and always want to know who is in and who is not.
"But I never expected me to be in there! Now that I am getting over the shock I am excited and very proud.
"I can't wait to join up with the rest of the group and will be helped by the fact that I know some of the younger players. I've already played for England at Under-21 level but just being with the senior squad is going to be something else."
Anthony Gardner's first reaction on hearing of his England call-up was total amazement.