Goalkeeper Wesley Foderingham already has a bulging CV but he wants to add a trip to the Euros.
England v France
Wesley Foderingham’s footballing CV already boasts a World Cup, an appearance at Wembley and an England debut on live television – but the young keeper is not finished yet.
UEFA U17 Elite Round Tournament
Tuesday 25 March 2008
Rishon Le Zion, Tel Aviv
Now he wants to add another entry to that already impressive list by helping England qualify for May’s European Championships in Turkey.
"That would be another great experience if we get there," said the Fulham starlet before assessing England’s rivals for a place at the Euros.
"France are a good team. They always have good players. A couple of them play in England so we know about them. It’s always been a good game against them.
"From what I’ve seen Russia are very good technically. They will be a physical side, more so than Israel. They are both evenly matched.
"The squad are pretty confident but not arrogant because every game is going to be tough."
The young Lions face France on Tuesday fully aware that a defeat will leave their Euro dream dangling by a thread. With only one team progressing from the group, England will need to be at their best for all three games.
Foderingham and fellow goalkeeper Declan Rudd were put through their paces at Bisham Abbey by Tony Parks last week before the squad flew out to Tel Aviv on Saturday.
Both will be vying for the number one jersey and the chance to help England maintain their excellent run of six games without conceding.
Foderingham is ready if called upon and can draw on his previous experiences at international level, which started at U16 level.
"My debut was against Wales in Carmarthen in the Victory Shield," recalled the 17 year old, who initially started out as a striker.
"I found out I was starting the match the day before. They announced the squad on a big projector. I was bricking it. I was nervous because it was going to be in front of the cameras.
"It was on Sky Sports and we drew 1-1. It was a bit of a dodgy goal. I’ll never forget it. I have a copy of it. I watch it all the time."
Later that season Foderingham, who was part of last year’s U17 squad that appeared at the World Cup in South Korea, played at the new Wembley as England beat Spain 1-0.
"It was a great experience. Everyone wants to play at Wembley, especially the new Wembley. It was great to be out there."