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Mason keen to take next step in his meteoric rise

MASON GREENWOOD last night described his first call-up to the England squad as ‘a dream come true’.

The 18-year-old, who has represented the Three Lions at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-21 level, has been given his first senior call-up by Gareth Southgate for the Nations League fixtures with Iceland and Denmark.

Greenwood (pictured) was a revelation for Manchester United last season, scoring 17 goals for the first team in all competitions.

On gaining England recognition he said: ‘My whole family was excited for me and it’s a dream come true.

‘It (his development) has happened quick. You can be called on at any time and I got called in for some Europa League games early in the season and took my chances and took every game as it came and just played my football.

‘The games have come so quick and you have to be focused 100 per cent at all times.’

Greenwood suggested his elevation had not come out of the blue, adding: ‘I’ve spoken to Gareth Southgate a few times, he’s a great coach, and he just said to me to take my chances and play with a smile on my face and that’s what I’ll try to do.

‘Obviously I’m ready to compete with anyone. Everyone is pushing for places, that’s what it’s all about what its all about, but we are a team here.’