Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson says “hunger and desire” drove him to escape non-league football and win an England call-up for the first time.
Wilson, 26, has made Gareth Southgate’s squad for Thursday’s friendly against the United States and Sunday’s Nations League match against Croatia.
Six years ago, while at Coventry, he played three games on loan in the Conference for Tamworth, scoring once.
“It was a bit surreal and put football into perspective,” said Wilson.
“You turn up for a team like that [Tamworth] and players are coming in in their work overalls and work vans, coming from a painting job that they had just finished.
“It showed me that I did not want to be at that level throughout my career. I wanted to make more of myself.
“It gave me the hunger and desire to impress my club manager at the time and then eventually go back to my home club and play.”