Truro City goalkeeper bursting with pride...

TRURO City goalkeeper, Tom McHale, represented England at C level in their game against Republic of Ireland Amateurs in Dublin on Sunday.

“I honestly can’t put into words how proud I am,” the popular custodian told “It’s been a long journey this season and to top it off by being part of the England squad is something that I will never forget.

“With my mum being Irish and dad being Scottish, there has certainly been a bit of banter flying around since the call-up, but obviously they are extremely proud.

“My dad travelled over to watch the game with my sister, Clare, and it was a great few days.

“Overall I was pleased with my performance; I was disappointed with the goal that I conceded, but as I’ve always said, there is still a lot for mean to learn and this is all part of it.

“It was just a great honour to be given the opportunity to walk out there wearing the number one shirt.

“It’s the best experience I have ever had in football. The professionalism of the camp was outstanding; everything was provided for us and it was so well-organised.

“The level of training and the tempo we worked at was really good to see. To travel to a different country and work with different coaches and players was very beneficial. To experience different methods of training and preparation is something I will never forget.

“It’s been a long season so now I’m going to enjoy what little time off I have. As I speak I am actually on a flight to Orlando, so it’s going to be great to get away and chill for a few weeks.

“It’ll be a well-needed rest before the season starts all over again!”

McHale played for the opening 45 minutes as the England C team went down to a 4-2 defeat.

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