Philip Ifil admits that his call into England's under-20 squad for the World Championships came right out of the blue.
The 17-year-old, who left school in the summer, travelled to Dubai last Saturday for the tournament that begins for England on the 29th of this month with a group game against Japan. England are in Group D, which also features Colombia and Egypt.
"It is a good feeling - I found out last Friday and it came out of the blue really," said Philip before departure. "I have played at under-18 level and I was hoping to get in the under-19 European Championship team in the summer so to be called up for the under-20s worlds is big achievement.
"I've never played for them before and the tournament will be a great experience for me. I just turned 17 on Tuesday so I will be one of the youngest there. I am proud of that.
"The FA phoned the club first and they told me that England were looking at me and might want me to be involved in the under-20s. Then on Friday I got a call to say I was in the actual squad.
"They asked for my suit size and stuff like that so it was good!"
Ifil, an ever-present in our FA Youth Cup team last season and a regular for the under-19s in this campaign, is looking forward to the opportunity of mingling with the cream of the world's young footballers and hopes he will get the chance to put his own marker down.
I'm going to go there and show them what I can do. If I get the chance to play or be on the bench I've got to make sure I take it.
"It's going to be a good experience for me to go out there, look at other players, other styles and types of play. I'm going to enjoy it.