The 23-year-old central defender received the news shortly after leaving the training ground this afternoon and David was naturally thrilled for the player he recruited from Port Vale in January 2000.
"He is an excellent boy and a credit to his family," he said this evening. "I like the way he plays football - he treats the ball with respect. Anthony is always working to make a pass rather than kick it wildly and his defensive work in recent weeks has contributed towards our resolute performances.
"Anthony was very good on Saturday against Arsenal and it was test. I got a wonderful feeling just before half-time when he raced with Henry and appeared to edge him out - that takes some doing.
"The more he plays on a consecutive run - he was never available to Glenn over a long period - he will get stronger. He is getting a few games under his belt now and is doing very well.
"I was delighted when we managed to take him from Port Vale, Brian Horton nursed him along splendidly there.
"I am very pleased that out of the four boys we bought at that time, three have now been called up for senior internationals - Davies, Doherty and Gardner."
David Pleat has expressed his delight over the news that Anthony Gardner has been called up into the England squad for Sunday's friendly international against Denmark.