Goals on Sunday
To make your debut for England against Brazil, at the new Wembley Stadium no less, really is the stuff of schoolboy dreams.
But for Reading full back Nicky Shorey that dream came true this year and he followed up that debut with another Wembley friendly, against Germany.
Shorey told Goals on Sunday this week that it had been an odd sensation to be involved with England but one he is trying to make the most of.
"It is still a little bit strange to hear that to be honest," he said. "I can't believe what has happened and I am just trying to enjoy it all.
"I said the one thing that made me laugh, when you make your debut against Brazil, you just see the team picture and you look at all the players and I saw myself and I think, 'who's that lad there? He shouldn't be in that picture'.
"It is an unbelievable feeling to make your debut. I couldn't have picked two better games, Germany and Brazil."
Shorey is clearly enjoying the step up to international honours that has been the reward for consistent seasons in the left back position that helped Reading to eighth place in the Premiership last year.
And far from the cliques and in-fighting sometimes reported on England squads, Shorey says all of the players have welcomed him with open arms.
"Every time you go there, they are great lads and they really welcome you," he said.
"The coaching staff are great and the training is unbelievable, it is really top-notch. It isn't really what they do, it is the quality and the intensity about the place. All of the lads have got great quality and you just feel that you have to be on your game every second of every training session, let alone the games.
"It is a very good group, you here people talk about cliques but it is nothing like that. All the lads get on and you are just trying to do well for England."
Shorey is also enjoying playing for Steve McClaren, who he says gives the players the freedom to go out and play.
Shorey said: "He (McClaren) said you have done well and you are here on merit. Just go and enjoy it, do what you do for Reading.
"He trusts you as players and he tries to get us in the right team shape and tactics and let's you go out there and play. It is good to play for someone like that."