Former Fulham man Ian Selley insists England's current crop of U20 stars must savour every moment as they prepare for their World Cup final today.
Selley was part of the England squad which last reached the semi-finals of the U20s World Cup back in 1993.
Paul Simpson's side have gone one better this year to make the final in South Korea, which kicks-off at 11am this morning (June 11) as they prepare to face Venezuela.
And the former Arsenal, Fulham, Wimbledon and Woking midfielder recalls those heady days when he was selected and hopes the current squad can enjoy the moment.
"I think firstly to be selected for your country is an amazing experience," he reflects.
"Receiving a letter from the FA came as a shock to me but showed that all the hard work that I put in on club level for Arsenal was starting to pay off.
"I'd represented England at schoolboy level but to be part of a huge international tournament was initially a bit daunting as I knew the opposition was going to be tough to play against as these are all players that would have experienced first team football at 20 years old .
"I knew we had a very strong team to going into the games and was confident we would do well. The feeling of putting on an England shirt before the game is very emotional, you realise the importance of doing well and there is pressure as you don't want to let your nation down with any mistakes albeit U20s, it always seemed more intense and seemed that there was more at stake so it was hard to treat it as just another game.
"Singing God Save the Queen again was a hugely proud moment and for me I got lost in the moment until the whistle blew for the start of the game, knowing your family were watching put a tingle of good feeling in your body.
"I think with all these huge occasions they seem to pass so quickly and it's hard to grasp the huge importance of the event/game, as a young man of 18/19 you've been plucked out of school and playing the game you love and getting well paid for doing something you so enjoy.
"The players must savour every moment."