Conor Coady has revealed breaking the news of his England call-up was hardly child's play.
The Wolves defender is still trying to take it all in after getting the call from Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate for the Nations League games with Iceland and Denmark.
But the 27-year-old explained why there was a pregnant pause as he rang around the family to share the good news.
Coady was actually walking his son around to a friend's house when Southgate's number suddenly appeared on his screen.
Scouser Coady said: “It’s amazing, absolutely incredible. From the moment I got the phone call on Saturday, it’s been a bit of a whirlwind.
“I rang my mum and dad straight away. Me and my wife were on the call. She actually said ‘we have got a bit of news for you’, and I had my arm around my wife.
“So, they said ‘Amie’s not pregnant again is she?’ That’s what they thought at first, but then they got emotional when I told them.
“As any player will tell you, to come here is a really special feeling. I didn’t quite shed a tear – but Amie and my parents did. It was lovely to see, honestly.”
Coady explained how he heard the news, adding: “I had a text to say Gareth Southgate was trying to ring me, so I ran back to the house, told my wife and she was all excited. I then spoke to Gareth and it was a phone call I’ll never forget.
“It was an incredible moment and something I’ll remember for the rest of my life. I was shaking and it was an honour to receive it. It’s an honour to be here, honestly. The standard of training is incredible.
“It’s everything I thought it would be and more, so I’m massively honoured to be here.”
He added: “To get to your national team is incredible. I watch all the games and there are some fantastic centre-backs. But I knew if kept working hard at Wolves, something might come.
“To get this call now is absolutely incredible and I’ll embrace it as much as possible, to help the team in training or games, and enjoy it as well.
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“You always dream about it. I watch every single game as I love watching England. So, getting that phone call was absolutely incredible for me.”
Coady added: “You’ve always got to be prepared and ready for if and when the time comes.
“It would be incredible to make my debut for the national team – I don’t even know what to say.
“But it’s about being ready. I need to work as hard as possible and make sure I’m ready because I’m here to help the team.”
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