America has long been the place that England internationals go to retire.
But New York City FC’s Jack Harrison is changing that.
The 20-year-old winger has been included in the latest England Under-21 squad, the first time a player from America has been included at that age group.
Harrison, who was born in Stoke but moved to America at the age of 14, was the no.1 pick in the MLS draft.
Prior to crossing the pond he was in Man United’s academy.
He’s spoken about the call up, telling New York’s official site: “I was thrilled when I found out; I was really speechless when Patrick told me just before the game tonight.
“It’s an exciting opportunity and one I’m very grateful for.
“I never thought this would happen when I moved out here when I was 14. It’s a special moment and I’m going to cherish it.”
His manager, none other than Patrick Vieira, said: “It’s really good news for Jack, it’s really good news for the football club and of course I’m really pleased for him because he’s improved a lot and he loves the game.
“I think it just shows how the league can be challenging for players and that it can be the right place for players to come to develop their talents.”
Harrison, who wasn’t originally in the squad but was included after Sheyi Ojo’s injury, isn’t the only player from outside of England to be named.
Tammy Abraham, who plays in Wales with Swansea, is also in the squad to face Scotland and Andorra.
But his journey to link up with the squad pales in comparison to the 3,500 miles Harrison will have to travel.
Just think of the air miles.