Brighton & Hove Albion defender Lewis Dunk was delighted to make his England debut against the USA at Wembley Stadium, saying it was a ‘dream come true’.
Gareth Southgate handed Dunk his first England cap in their 3-0 friendly win over the USA and he was happy to play the full 90 minutes.
“It’s a dream come true – it’s been a long hard journey for me and that’s been rewarded this evening,” Dunk told the club’s website.
“I had a feeling during the week in training that tonight be my chance, because we did some shape work.
“We then worked on set-pieces after that, and that’s when I knew I was starting the game.
“When I was walking out there was a lot of thoughts looking back on where I’ve come from – but then it was about me being comfortable in the game – and getting the words to the anthem right!
“I was thinking about a lot of people – everyone who’s worked with me over my career to get me to this point, and I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them.
“My dad’s the main one, he was here tonight watching me – as were all my family and friends, I’m very thankful.”