Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Patrick Herrmann is elated after receiving a first time call-up from Germany coach Joachim Low ahead of their World Cup qualifying match against Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
With Julian Draxler being ruled out due to a head injury and Bastian Schweinsteiger suspended, the trainer opted to nominate Herrmann, much to the delight of the 22-year-old.
"It's a feeling you can't explain - pure delight. At first, I couldn't believe it," he told Bild.
"For me, it's a dream come true!"
Meanwhile, his former Fohlen team-mate Marco Reus, who now plays for Borussia Dortmund, has backed the decision to give Herrmann a chance to excel in the national jersey.
He said: "Patrick has had some good performances last and this season, he has developed constantly. We welcome him to the squad."
Germany play Kazakhstan on March 26, 20.45CET at the Grundig Stadion in Nurnberg.