Young West Ham United defenders Reece Burke and Kyle Knoyle are looking forward to making their England U18 debuts this week.
The first-year scholars have both been rewarded for fine starts to the 2013/14 Barclays U18 Premier League season by being named in Neil Dewsnip's squad for two friendly internationals with Hungary. The fixtures will be played behind-closed-doors at St. George's Park on Friday 11 October and Monday 14 October, for invited guests only.
Burke and Knoyle celebrated their call-ups by sitting down with West Ham TV for an excluisve interview.
West Ham supporters may not know too much about you two just yet, so could you please start by telling us a bit about yourselves?
KK: "I'm a right-back for the Under-18s and I've played in virtually every game so far this season. I'm an attacking full-back and I like to get up and down the line, but I'm also good defensively. I got scouted from a Sunday league side called Junior Hammers when I was 14-years-old. I joined the Club as an Under-14 and have just gone on from there."
RB: "I've been at the Club since Under-9s. I came from a club called Jays Boys near Hornchurch and have been here since I was nine, working my way up. I play at centre-half but I can also play at right-back and do a job at left-back. I prefer playing out from the back using my feet rather than my head but I'm good with my head as well."
You have beaten Manchester United and Liverpool already this season, but have also lost three times in your opening seven matches, so how are things going with the U18s?
KK: "I think our 5-0 win over Liverpool [on 28 September] was due because we have been dominating teams in all the games we've played without finishing them off. The coaches said that a result like that was due because we've been playing really well."
RB: "I thought we played really well against Liverpool, but then we have played well in all of our games but it's just been the results that have been disappointing, so it was good to win by five goals."
How have you enjoyed working under U18s manager Steve Potts - a defender who made 505 first-team appearances for West Ham and who has been there and done it at the highest level?
KK: "It's been great for us. He first had our year-group as Under-15s, so we've now had him as our coach as Under-15s, Under-16s and now obviously the Under-18s as well. It's been good because, as a defender for West Ham, he knows it all and has all the experience. He helps both myself and Reece with our games because he played in both positions - centre-back and right-back. Anything we need to improve, he can just help us out because he's seen it all before."
Both of you have been called-up by England U18s for a double-header of friendly internationals with Hungary. What was your reaction when you got the call-up?
KK: "I was chuffed, really. I have been playing well but I wasn't really expecting it. It will be a great experience going up there."
RB: "I was over the moon when I found out I'd been called-up. It was a surprise. We will meet new friends when we meet up, I'm sure."
What are you hoping to achieve when you go away, bearing in mind England will be seeking to qualify for the UEFA European U19 Championship finals next year?
RB: "I am looking forward to the experience and hopefully I'll play both of the games and I'll see where it goes from there. Hopefully I'll get another call-up, but if not I'll focus on playing for the youth team and keep performing."
KK: "I'm very much hoping for the same, to get another call-up after this experience. Hopefully we can be involved with the U19s but first we have to take this season as it goes and see what happens next season."
You must be proud of what you have achieved during your scholarship already?
KK: "We were getting games for the U18s [as schoolboys] at the end of last season so, coming into our scholarships, we were pretty used to it. It's good to have played so many games so far and hopefully it'll just carry on. I'm excited about the future."