Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan mason has told the club's official website that he learned of his England call-up during a meeting with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Mason, 23, hadn't even played a Premier League game for Spurs before Pochettino's arrival last summer, but is now a mainstay of the Tottenham side, featuring in 23 games for the club this season.
It's a remarkable rise for Mason, who appeared to be heading for the White Hart Lane exit after loan spells with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, Lorient and Swindon Town.
Now though, Mason is not only a Premier League regular having impressed this season, but also an England international after being called-up by manager Roy Hodgson to the squad for upcoming games against Lithuania and Italy.
Mason was called up as a replacement for injured Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana on Monday, and now joins Tottenham team-mates Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane in the Three Lions squad.
In an interview with the Tottenham official website, Mason not only admitted his delight and honour at being given the opportunity to play for his country, but also revealed that he actually learned about his call-up whilst in a meeting with Pochettino following Saturday's 4-3 win over Leicester City.
"It all came as a bit of a surprise," said Mason. "I was sitting in the gaffer’s office talking about the weekend and the next thing I knew the news had come in. Crazy! There was a real sense of pride and honour, it’s hard to describe really."
"I was with the gaffer and all the coaching staff and they all congratulated me," said Mason. "It was great to get the news in front of them because without them I wouldn’t be in this position. It’s a big achievement to be in there, really exciting."
"I can’t wait to get involved and the fact we’ve five players there is great, it’s ideal to go into it knowing that. I can’t wait to get out on the training pitch," he added.
Mason's rise from obscurity to stardom shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, and an England cap in the coming days would cap off a superb season.