Nick Pope, who was brought up in Soham, Cambridgeshire, is off to Russia as part of the England World Cup squad.
Pope had his first call-up to the England squad for friendly against Italy in March but didn't play.
He was signed as a boy footballer at Ipswich Town but released at age 16. He now plays for Premier League Burnley.
Richard Wilkins was Nick coach when he played in Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk and was also his teacher at West Suffolk College.
He said he worked very hard and it was difficult to get him off the training ground at college
Watch former coach Richard Wilkins talk to ITV News Anglia about Nick's success
ITV Sport said: "Would barely have been on the radar of most Premier League fans at the start of the season but has been in irresistible form for Burnley since an untimely injury to Tom Heaton in September."
Watch the profile video by ITV News Anglia's Andy Ward produced in March ahead of the England Friendly against Italy - it has some great childhood snaps of Nick as a kid