Joe Gomez has spoken of his pride after making his England debut during Friday night's goalless draw with Germany at Wembley.
Liverpool’s No.12 came off the bench in the 25th minute in place of the injured Phil Jones, and admitted it was like ‘a dream come true’ to represent his country.
“It was special [making my debut],” Gomez told Charlton Athletic's official website.
“It was a dream come true and something you always think about growing up and with me, coming from Charlton, it has been quite the journey.
“Obviously, you have dreams as a kid but to come on a journey and develop as I have is something that I am very thankful for.”
Gomez became the latest former Addicks player to make a debut for the Three Lions, following in the footsteps of former Reds Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Konchesky, plus Lee Bowyer and Scott Parker - all of who came through Charlton Athletic's academy.
The Liverpool defender was keen to pay tribute to the help and support he received from the Charlton coaches during his early football journey.
“That’s an elite group of players and one that I am honoured to be part of,” he added.
“For me, now, I just want to keep playing and hopefully this will be the first of many.
“Charlton’s academy has shown over the years how good it is with just how much talent it has produced. It has such a good infrastructure and chances are given to us young players to come through and play.
“There are a lot of great staff there and during the week I mentioned Steve Avory and a couple of others.
“They’ve been the foundations of the academy for many years and that has shown with the consistent talent that has come through.”