MILES Storey is taking the advice of Swindon Town teammates John Bostock and Wes Foderingham as he prepares for his first taste of international football next week.
Following injury to Manchester United starlet Jack Barmby, Storey was called into the England Under 19 squad from standby on Thursday and will join up with the rest of the side at the St George’s Park training complex in Burton after Town’s League One clash with Walsall this afternoon.
Storey, who has only played a handful of games for the Robins, is still a little stunned at the recognition he has received, and he is using the sage words of Bostock of Foderingham – both of whom have been involved with England teams at various age group levels – to keep him calm.
“I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “There’s been quite a few injuries to the strikers and that so I thought there might be a chance but I’m buzzing.
“It is a bit of a shock. Like I’ve said before, I’ve only played a few games so it’s dead weird even to be on standby. I can’t wait now, I can’t wait to have a go.
“My agent knows Noel Blake, the manager, and he’s said how good a coach he is, so I’m looking forward to training up there and it’ll be different because it’s at St George’s Park.
“I saw it on Sky Sports the other day, it hasn’t been open long and it looks nice. I can’t wait to have a look around it. It’s shocking really.
“I spoke to John Bostock about it. He’s obviously been in and around all the England teams since he was younger and I was talking to him about it.
“He was telling me not to be nervous and just show what you can do, and that’s all I can do really.
“After the Walsall game they’re sending a car and I’m being taken straight to the hotel. “I think it’s a case of see what happens and do as well as I can in training. I spoke to Wes as well, and Wes has been in these age group teams, and he said in these friendlies they like to have a look at the players.
“It’s rolling subs as well so he might give me a chance. It just shows that not only the big clubs have to fill up all the slots.
“I was happy with that and it was recognition. There was someone at the Aston Villa game and after that the feeling is ‘somebody rates me’.”
Whether he gets gametime or not, the call-up represents the latest stride in a career that is accelerating as quickly as Storey himself over 30 yards.
From first-year pro to County Ground hero and now, potentially, an age-group international – the 18-year-old has proved he is a real talent in the making.
How wrong a Stevenage youth team coach was to say he would be flipping burgers at McDonald’s right about now.
Storey takes up the, well, story: “When we played them in the Youth Alliance Cup last year and I was having a bit of a beast to be fair,” he said.
“I was getting a bit frustrated. You know when you’ve got mud on the bottom of your boot? One of their players all game, their centre-half, was flicking mud at the back of my head.
“I just turned round and said something to him and the manager kicked off at the end and said something like ‘next year you’re not going to be at a club, you’re going to be working in Maccies.
“I had a go back at him to be fair. I called him horrible. I had a little pop back at him.
“After the Stevenage game I was hoping he’d be there but I don’t have a clue what his name was.
“When I was warming up for the game I was hoping he’d show up and after the goal I really hoped he showed up. He wasn’t there but I enjoyed it anyway.”