BERTRAND BRIMMING WITH CONFIDENCE
Ryan Bertrand is delighted with his first England call, and is hoping to make a good impression on Roy Hodgson if he is given a debut on Wednesday night.
The Three Lions meet Italy in Berne, Switzerland, tomorrow, and Bertrand believes he is ready for the step up to the international scene after some strong displays in the Olympics for Team GB.
The left-back is one of a few new faces in the squad as Hodgson looks to test his options ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign, which begins next month.
'It's fantastic to get the call. I feel ready and I'm looking forward to going out there and getting the experience under my belt,' said the 23-year-old. 'Coming into the side for the first time I want to go in there and give a good account of myself, and hopefully be recalled in future games.
'If you look at the team it's quite a young team and hopefully we'll be able to bond really well.'
Reflecting on his time at London 2012, Bertrand feels enriched at having experienced such an event at close quarters.
'The Olympics were brilliant to be a part of, and seeing athletes on a daily basis when we were at the village, with their preparation, you can really learn a good few things,' he said.
He will be hoping that learning curve continues in Switzerland on Wednesday night.