England call-up the best moment of my life beams Campbell
Published 22:31 23/02/12 By Simon Bird
Fraizer Campbell admits his surprise England call-up had swept him from the "worst to the best" moments of his life.
The Sunderland striker was overjoyed at getting the nod for the friendly against Holland, but couldn't tell anyone right away - because he was stuck in the toilet undergoing a routine drugs test!
Full England recognition completes an amazing comeback for the 24-year-old - from fearing his career was over because of two serious knee ligament injuries to reaching the pinnacle of the game.
Campbell says he has dreamed of this moment since he was a 10-year-old, and now wants to repay caretaker England boss Stuart Pearce - who previously bossed him at Under-21 level - with a performance on Wednesday night.
He caught the eye in his comeback game after 17 months of rehab, scoring for Martin O'Neill's side againstlocal rivals Middlesbrough in the FA Cup.
Campbell said: "It's gone from the worst point in my life 18 months ago to now, which is probably the best moment in my life.
"It's been a bit of a roller-coaster but the last month or so has been brilliant, playing games and being involved again.
"I was surprised, delighted and honoured to be part of it.
"It's always been an ambition of mine. From 10 years old, all you think about is playing for your favourite club and playing for your country.
"Any footballer in the league would be lying if he didn't say that so it's massive really. Brilliant.
"At first, I couldn't tell anyone yet really. I get called up for England and then got drug-tested along with [Sunderland team-mate] Michael Turner.
"I was sat there for ever - an hour and a half - so didn't get the chance to speak to anyone."
Former Manchester United starlet Campbell, who had loan spells at Hull and Tottenham before joining Sunderland, reckons confusion over who will succeed Fabio Capello has opened the door for fringe players like himself.
"It's a big opportunity," he said. "No-one really knows who the new England manager is going to be, so when you are out there on the big stage, you have got to try to show what you can do. It's an opportunity for me to stake a claim and do really well for myself.
"I have always known myself that I am a good player but the injuries set me back a bit. You hope to get back to your usual self, just go out there and enjoy your football.
"I know half the (England) team anyway, so it's not going to be a major shock, but it's a great honour.
"I can't wait to go."
SUNDERLAND keeper Trevor Carson is set to sign for Bury in a loan deal for the rest of the season, writes Alan Nixon .
Carson was with the League One Shakers earlier in the season and will go back for a second spell.