Dartford defender Keaton Wood has accepted the chance to play for England C – only after his girlfriend let them reorganise their holiday.
The former Millwall defender earned a call-up to the amateur Three Lions squad after impressing with Dartford in his 35 appearances for the club this season.
And the 21-year-old now faces an exciting weekend with the England squad against Panjab FA on Sunday, before jetting to Jersey for their final match on Tuesday.
Speaking before meeting with his England team-mates, Wood said: “I’m humbled to be called up. I’m not going to lie, I was taken completely by surprise.
“The Chairman and the Gaffer told me to expect something. A few days went past and I got an email and things moved on from there.
“Funnily enough, my girlfriend had booked a holiday that I had to move. I did tell her that booking holidays in advance is a risky business so she knows now!
“She understood. She’s happy for me and she knows how much this means to me. She’s behind me 100%
“We booked it for a week later so she’s still going! To play another couple of games, especially at that level, is going to be good.”
His excellent performances during the Darts’ campaign – which saw the Kent side reach the Vanarama National League South play-off semi-final before losing 2-1 on aggregate to Chelmsford City – have also led to the defender signing a new deal at Princes Park.
“Coming out of professional football, it was a transition but I’d definitely say it was a success, even though we got as far as we did and didn’t get over the final hurdle.” he said.
“I’ve had to learn how to win games and I’ve learnt what it means to lose, especially in games such as the play-off semi-final.”