Danny Ings admits his solitary England cap is the ONLY piece of football memorabilia he keeps in the house.
Southampton striker Ings has only played for his country once - as a substitute against Lithuania five years ago.
But he never gave up on his Three Lions career, and plans to add to that one cap now he is finally back in the squad to face Iceland and Denmark.
Ings said: “My Dad has all of that stuff. But the cap stayed with me. It was a reminder. Something for me to work towards.
“I don’t want to have just one cap. I want to represent my country more and more. It’s not on display but it’s in the house.
“It came out when I got the call, and it was nice to see it. Hopefully I can add to that in the future.
“It has been a long time since that brief spell in the national team. To be back in this environment gives me great confidence.
“I want to get even better now, keep improving and make as many squads as I can. It would be great to do so.”
It is quite a turnaround for a player who suffered two serious knee injuries during an ill-fated spell at Liverpool which ended in his 2018 move to Saints.
But even though he is now 28, he feels his best is yet to come for club and country now the injury problems that have plagued him are over.
Ings is coming off the best season of his career with only Jamie Vardy and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring more than his 22 goals.
But he said: “I would have scored even more but James Ward-Prowse was on penalties and I couldn’t get him to give me those unfortunately!
“I’ve been fit since 2017. But I’ve stopped looking back. Did I wonder if this day would ever come? To be honest, no.
“The best football for me is going to be in years to come. I'm fit, hungry and I don't think you stop learning as a player, even in your 30s. I'm very keen to learn, push myself.”
With Saints about to offer him a new contract, things look rosy again for Ings - but he admits to feeling some nerves on his first day back at St George’s Park.
He said: “It’s like the first day back at school. It’s one of those feelings when you are nervous because you haven’t been there for ages.
“But the moment you step in it's familiar faces, a lot of the guys I worked with in the 21s. The lads have been fantastic, very welcoming.
“Training has been brilliant. The levels are so high and it's great to be a part of.”