Grimsby Town midfielder Craig Clay played the final minutes of England C’s 2-0 International Challenge Trophy victory over Ukraine Under-20s on Tuesday afternoon, but says that it was still a fantastic experience.
Clay was in Paul Fairclough’s contingency squad and received a late call up after Omar Bogle and Jon Nolan pulled out through injury.
He barely had time to pack a bag before jetting off with the squad to a snow covered Kiev on Sunday. The group had two training sessions on Monday in sub-zero temperatures, ahead of the clash with Ukraine on Tuesday afternoon.
Speaking to the club’s website, he said: “I only found out that I was going when I was driving home from the game on Saturday night. It’s been a long couple of days but I’ve really enjoyed it.
“At the end of the day, it’s a chance to represent your country. I had a chat with Paul Fairclough and he’s a man who really makes you fell good about yourself.
“The stadium and the facilities were great. It must be decent as Shakhtar were training there,” he added.
Up next for England is a home game – venue to be confirmed – against Slovakia in June.