Liverpool starlet says surprise international call-up is 'dream come true'
By George Brooks
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez says his first England senior call-up is a “dream come true” and is determined to show his quality on the international stage.
The 20-year-old has been included in manager Gareth Southgate’s 25-man squad for the upcoming friendly matches against Germany and Brazil.
England boss Southgate raised a few eyebrows with his squad selection, handing first call-ups to Gomez, Swansea’s Tammy Abraham and Crystal Palace’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek.
Gomez was delighted to receive the call and will be hoping to test himself against some of international football’s biggest names.
“It means a great deal for me personally. It has obviously been a dream of mine since I was a kid to represent my country at senior level,” said Gomez, as quoted by Sky Sports.
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“It was a surprise. I wasn’t expecting the call-up but it was great news for me and my family, all of those close to me and it is a dream come true.”
Gomez has impressed at Anfield this season since recovering from a long-term knee injury, making 12 appearances in all competitions.
The youngster has won six caps for the England Under-21 side and was recently made captain by manager Aidy Boothroyd, replacing Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse.
He is determined to prove his quality on the international stage at senior level and will be hoping to make his debut when the Three Lions face world champions Germany at Wembley on Friday.
England will begin their preparations for the 2018 World Cup and Gomez will have one eye on forcing his way into the squad for the next year’s tournament in Russia.
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