Currently making waves in the USL Pro League with Orlando City, midfielder Kevin Molino is counting down the days to this country’s friendly international against Argentina on June 4 in Buenos Aires.
Molino was in Stephen Hart’s 22-man squad named on Tuesday and expects the experience to be one in a lifetime.
“I was elated to find out I’ll be in the squad for the Argentina and Iran games. I’ve been working hard this season and been getting the results with my performances and seeing Orlando do well also,” Molino said.
“It’s going to be a massive challenge for us against Argentina but there is a lot that we can gain from playing Lionel Messi and his team and I’m sure everyone will be looking forward to it.”
English-born former Arsenal defender Gavin Hoyte also earned his first call up and is just as excited over the two matches.
“It’s a great opportunity for me to play for my country. I found out when the team’s head coach called me to tell me. I was in shock and very surprised and I can’t wait to go,” said Hoyte.
“It shows the effort I have put this season and I’ve played nearly every match, which was main objective this season. To be recognised for that is a great achievement.”
Hoyte was part of Arsenal's academy and played one game for their Premiership first team. He also represented England at the Under-17, 18, 19 and U-20 level.