Reading full-back Omar Richards admitted it was a 'dream come true' to be called up by England U21 for their two internationals this week.

The U21s beat off the challenge of Turkey and Kosovo with Richards being selected in the squad for the very first time but Aidy Boothroyd.

Although an unused substitute in both games, Richards explained he learnt a lot from rubbing shoulders with some of the country's brightest young stars.

He said: "It was a really good experience for me and it was my first camp and I really enjoyed it.

"It was great to beat Kosovo 2-0 and Phil Foden got both goals so well done to him.

"When I got the message, I was a bit surprised but after that I was really excited and it was a proud moment for my family and I couldn't wait to meet the boys at training.

"Everyone around me knew before me so it was nice to get their congratulations.

"I have always wanted to represent my country so when you get past U21s, it is the senior team so I am pleased to be able to get in."

Richards admitted there was one discernible difference playing for England as opposed to at Championship level.

He added: "The ball gets moved a lot faster. Everyone is used to being at top clubs and I expected a step up and I was able to deal with that so it was really good.

"I would have loved to have got on but being around it was a great experience."