FORMER Scarborough FC striker Michael Coulson has been called up to the England squad.
Coulson, 23, who now plays his football for Grimsby Town, has been handed a call by England C boss Paul Fairclough for the International Challenge Trophy fixture against an Italian team on Tuesday February 28.
The attacker, who was in town for the Edgehill mystery bus tour at the weekend, is hoping it is second time lucky ahead of the game at Fleetwood, due to the fact he had to pull out of the England C squad last year because of injury.
He said: “Hopefully everything will be okay this time. I was gutted to miss last year’s game because of an ankle injury.
“That game was just a friendly, but this one is competitive, so it is much more important.
“It is a proud moment for me and my family, it isn’t every day you get an England call-up.
“The whole thing will be quite a special day, in fact, having looked at the itinerary, it will be a special few days.
“A car comes for me on the Sunday and takes me to a hotel, I train with the squad on the Monday and we play on the Tuesday night. After that we are awarded our England caps.
“I obviously want to play some part and make an impression. You do get the chance to travel abroad and play with the England C squad, it will be a great experience and it is good for my CV.”
Coulson, who scored nine goals in 42 appearances for Scarborough, is also having plenty of success with Blue Square Premier side Grimsby.
He added: “We are going very well at the moment. Before this weekend we had picked up 25 points out of a possible 27, which is great.
“We believe that we are going to win every game we play in and that is exactly how you need to be.
“We just need to keep it going because we are closing in on the play-offs.”