Swansea and England U21 starlet Alfie Mawson has revealed his excitement at meeting his Premier League idol, and how he and his family ended up wearing Three Lions training gear at home.
Speaking to the Guardian, while addressing his recent call up for England U21s, Mawson spoke of his pride at getting to wear the famous kit.
“If you’ve never been with England before, you have to turn up in your club tracksuit, so I sat there in my Swansea gear at St George’s Park. I didn’t know what was going on, to be honest,:” he said.
“Then I got given my England tracksuit so I put it on straight away and took a photo, which I sent to my mate and said: ‘Look at this – I’ve got the kit!’
“I ended up taking loads of kit home, my mum and dad wear it all the time – they’re proud as punch. I wear it sometimes lounging around, just because it’s cool.
“But the best bit about being with England was singing the anthem when we were out in France. I stood there and I’ve never been so proud in my life.”
Mawson has been a revelation for Swansea this season, helping Paul Clement’s side to win four of their last five matches and narrowly avoid relegation to the Championship.
The former Barnsley defender won Swansea’s Young Player of the Year award and was voted fan’s favourite.
Despite Mawson’s many recent achievements, one of his proudest personal highlights remains his recent encounter with departing Blues legend, John Terry.
At Swansea’s 3-1 away defeat at Stamford Bridge, Mawson came away with a signed John Terry shirt, and couldn’t have been more delighted.
“I was a Chelsea fan growing up and he was my hero,” he added.