Blue Square Bet Premier club Braintree Town’s goalkeeper Nathan McDonald (ex-AFC Sudbury) has been called into the England C squad for their international against Russia next month.
The 22-year-old keeper will be joining Iron skipper Kenny Davis in the squad, who made his England debut earlier this year against Italy.
McDonald, who has been in outstanding form for the Iron in their successful debut season in the Blue Square Bet Premier, said he’s “over the moon and thrilled” at being called up.
“I was told at the weekend but I wouldn’t believe it until the written confirmation came this week,” he said.
“I’m really pleased and excited at being called up and just hope I can make the starting XI.”
McDonald, who joined the Iron from Southend United in 2009, has been called into the squad once before when England C were due to play India at Dagenham & Redbridge’s ground last year but the game was called off.
“It will certainly be a great experience going to play in Moscow and represent your country and I can’t wait for the trip to come,” he said.
“I’m also pleased that Kenny will be with me and it’s great for the club to have two players in the England squad.”
Club chairman Lee Harding said: “Nathan has been outstanding for the team this past season and fully deserves his recognition.”
McDonald played 49 games for the Iron last season and is nearing 100 appearances for the club.
“He has just re-signed a contract with us for next season and because of his outstanding and consistent performances we have rewarded him with a pay rise too,” said Harding.
“It’s also significant that again a little old club like Braintree Town have been recognised at international level to have two players called up for the England squad.”