Mason Greenwood reveals the story of his first England call and aims for dream debut

Wednesday 02 Sep 2020
Mason Greenwood finds his feet in his first training session with the Three Lions squad

Mason Greenwood admits he was enjoying a normal day at home when he learned about his call-up to the England men’s senior squad.

The Manchester United striker spent last term with the MU21s, after initially bursting onto the scene at Old Trafford and enjoying a strong finish to the term.

And the 18 year old was rewarded with a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for the trips to Iceland and Denmark this week as the Three Lions begin their UEFA Nations League campaign at the weekend.

"When I got the call, I was just at home with my dad,” revealed Greenwood, who has also picked up caps at U16, U17 and U18 level.

"He was buzzing for me, but my dad is level headed so he kept me down. He was just excited for me, my whole family was, it’s a dream come true - it’s good news.

“I was over the moon and excited, I just couldn't wait to be here as it’s a dream come true.

“Playing for England and being selected for England is every young boy’s dream so I’m privileged and honoured to be selected because it’s a good group of lads and I’m just happy to be here."

Bradford-born Greenwood is the latest young attacking player to link up with Southgate’s squad, following in the footsteps of people like Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Tammy Abraham and Phil Foden, who was also picked for the first time last week.

And after speaking to the England boss following his call-up and since arriving at St. George’s Park earlier in the week, Greenwood admits he’s hoping to follow Southgate’s advice and play with freedom.

Greenwood has been settling into the Three Lions squad since reporting for duty earlier in the week

"I’ve spoken with him a few times now,” he revealed.

"He’s a good coach and he was saying he’s happy for me to be here and just wants me to show what I can do really, to take my chance and play with a smile on my face so that’s what I’m going to try and do.

"There’s a lot of talent with England right now, as you can see in the Premier League and abroad.

“The young lads have shown they are capable of doing well and it’s good to see all the young lads coming through and pushing for places.”

By Nicholas Veevers Content Manager - FA Owned Channels