Former Ireland international Declan Rice has revealed he was "bursting with pride" when he saw he had been included in the England squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro.
"You can't describe it, to be honest, just a straight smile," the 20-year-old West Ham player told the England YouTube channel.
"We was watching the TV and obviously it came up that I was in the squad, and that feeling, bursting with pride.
"You can't believe, it's everything you've wanted to work for since a kid and it's come true so the call-up is probably one of the best feelings you are going to feel."
Asked about his decision to declare for England, Rice neglected to mention his three senior Ireland caps, the first of which was earned just 12 months ago.
"Really tough decision, I think everyone knows my situation with the Republic of Ireland.
"I've obviously played there in the youth set-up but I had to make a decision that was best for me.
"As you can hear I am English, I am from England, and it was really good playing for Ireland. Now I'm just looking forward to the future and pulling on the England shirt.
"I've just got to look forward now and forget about the past."
Rice was last week named Ireland's Young Player of the Year. He was capped 20 times for underage Ireland teams.