Lawrence Vigouroux thought he was the victim of a joke when he was first told about his Chile call-up.
Vigouroux was called by the national team manager, Jorge Sampaoli, but did not believe, initially, that it was real.
“I found out I was in the preliminary squad about a week ago – I spoke to the manager and he said: just keep working hard.
“To be fair, I thought it was a prank at the beginning – I didn’t think it was him but then I heard his accent.”
On his call-up, the Town shot-stopper spoke of his pride at something that he has wanted for a long time.
“It’s something I’ve dreamed of ever since I was a child so hopefully I can do the Swindon Town supporters proud and my family too.
“I never thought in a million years, especially with the season last year with things out of my control, so I think I’ve just got to keep looking forward every day and just be happy about what’s coming now. Hopefully I can give Town fans something to cheer about if I get on the pitch.
“I thought my Swindon Town career was over last year so I’m really lucky I went out and did well in Ireland. I came back and I didn’t think I’d play, I just thought I’d come back and have to earn my way back in but I think I’ve done that.
“Now, I go out to Japan, try and do as well as I can and just bring my form here into training with over there.”