Trent Alexander-Arnold has revealed that it was Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp who revealed the "unbelievable" news that he would be heading to this summer's World Cup with England.
Alexander-Arnold, uncapped by England's senior side, was a surprise inclusion in Gareth Southgate's group for the forthcoming tournament in Russian Federation.
Jürgen Klopp, his club manager, informed the right back of his selection before the team flew to Marbella yesterday for a training camp in the run-up to the Champions League final against Real Madrid a week on Saturday.
Alexander-Arnold has impressed for Liverpool this season, particularly in the Reds' surge to the Champions League final.
"I'm honoured, excited and feeling really proud", he told Liverpool's official website. "It's probably capped off a really good season for me".
"I found out this morning, just before we came out to Marbella", Alexander-Arnold said.
'He asked me if I knew anything about the squad or anything yet. I said, "No" and he said, "Have you got anything planned around the time of the World Cup?". I was like, 'No, no holidays or anything.'.
"He's been out a long time and it would have been a bit unfair to some of the guys who have played the whole season and performed in a good way", he said. You're in the squad!' It was a really proud moment. It was a really proud moment. On England's behalf, it was nice of them to let the manager tell me'.
'It is nice, a nice story, ' Klopp said.
Alexander-Arnold was full of praise for the Liverpool manager, the club's academy - which he joined as a schoolboy - and the senior set-up at Melwood, emphasising their crucial role in his development.
Klopp added: 'Gareth Southgate gave me a call this morning and told me that I am allowed to tell him, but then I had some press work to do and didn't have time.
"The first piece of the jigsaw is complete in getting on the plane and the next thing is to get the starting shirt", the 24-year-old told evertonfc.com. I had the honour of telling him and it was nice to see his eyes. What a season! Can you be too young? No. You can be not good enough - but he is good enough.
'It wouldn't have happened if it wasn't for (my team-mates) so I have to thank them, the manager and everyone else who has supported me along the way.
'Everyone who has been there along the way, even going back to when I was really young, around the age of six. "When we pick young players, it's not just because they are young, it's because their performances deserve it", Southgate said.