Harworth-born Elliott Whitehouse has got a taste for the high life after becoming an England international.
The 22-year-old midfielder won his first cap for England C - England’s non-league team - against Slovakia in the International Challenge Trophy earlier this month.
Slovakia snatched a 97th minute winner to prevail 4-3 in a see-saw clash at Sutton United.
But the result could not spoil a “special day” for Nuneaton Town star Whitehouse.
“Playing for England – there is nothing like it,” Whitehouse, a former pupil at Serlby Park School, told the Nuneaton News.
“I had goose-bumps on the day. I couldn’t believe I was playing for England, earning my first cap. It was unreal.
“It was something that I would put right up there in terms of my career so far. It was a special day.
“It gave me a bit of a boost as well. It showed me where I want to be playing. I want to play as high as I can.
“I was playing with guys from the league above and the standard was not that different to what I am used to – but you want to be as high as you can in terms of your playing level.
“It was perfect really. It was enjoyable and showed me where I want to be going.”
Whitehouse started his career at Sheffield United where he captained the youth team to the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2011. He joined Nuneaton last year after spells with Notts County and Halifax.
And a superb first season with Town in National League North saw him score 14 goals and contribute eight assists, leading to him winning a clean sweep of the club’s player of the year awards.
“I am now planning to have a bit of a rest and get my feet up and be ready for when we go again at Nuneaton,” said Whitehouse.
“I haven’t had much time off this summer. I have tried to keep myself in shape for the England game – I even cancelled a holiday for it.”
England C must win in Estonia in November to set-up a revenge date with Slovakia in the final.