Goodison Park starlet wants Wembley debut.
Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell is not expecting to be taken by surprise when he links up with the full England squad for the first time tonight.
Fabio Capello gathers his 25-man squad for Saturday’s friendly with world champions Spain at theirWatford training base with Rodwell joining fellow rookie Daniel Sturridge in making the journey.
There will be a couple of familiar faces for Rodwell in Toffees team-mates Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka, whom the youngster hopes will be on hand to smooth out any unforeseen difficulties.
“I have played for England at every level apart from U20s, so I know what to expect,” the 20-year-old told evertontv.
“I don’t think it will be a shock, although the seniors will be a bit different. But I know people there and they will help me through.”
“It is a brilliant feeling. I was just at home and a woman from the FA called me to confirm I was in the squad. At first I thought it was a prank but then I realised it wasn’t.
“It was my childhood dream, so now I am over the moon. I’d heard rumours that I could be in the squad but I was hopeful more than anything.”
How long Jagielka will be around for is open to debate.
The defender is nursing a broken toe and it is anticipated, by Everton at least, that he will quickly return to Merseyside for further treatment.
Jagielka’s exit will reduce Fabio Capello’s central defensive options, particularly if he carries out his threat to select Manchester United’s Phil Jones in midfield.
Capello could pair Joleon Lescott with Gary Cahill, but that would still leave him without cover on the bench, so it will be interesting to discover whether the Italian intends to draft in a replacement should Jagielka return home.
If not, John Terry, whom Capello previously indicated he would prefer to leave out, would be on the bench at least, providing another twist to a saga that began with the alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand at Loftus Road just over a fortnight ago.