Having welcomed his third child in the early hours of the morning, Rickie Lambert says receiving his first international call-up means this is a day he will never forget.
The Saints striker has been named in Roy Hodgson's England squad for next Wednesday's friendly against Scotland at Wembley Stadium.
And, with his wife having given birth to baby Bella earlier today, the 31-year-old gave his exclusive reaction to Saints Player shortly after being informed of his call-up by First Team Manager Mauricio Pochettino.
"It's been a special day and I'm trying to absorb what's happened," said Lambert.
"It's hard to describe how I'm feeling, if I'm being honest. Today has been a bit of a blur because there are a few things that have happened in my life and I'm trying to take them in.
"I was obviously already over the moon about the birth of my daughter – she was born at half-past-four this morning, and she's doing fine and so is the mother.
"And I'm absolutely delighted to be involved with England. It's the dream I've been fighting for and hoping for all my life.
"I don't think I'll be forgetting this [day] any time soon."
Rickie Lambert with Mauricio Pochettino this afternoon
With Lambert having scored 15 goals in his debut top-flight season, Saints fans have been clamouring for his domestic form to be recognised on the international stage.
Now, on the eve of the 2013/14 campaign, that call-up has arrived at long last, much to his obvious happiness as well as that of the Club's supporters.
"It's been a special day for me and I'll never forget it – and a big thank-you goes to the fans," he beamed.
"They were shouting my name last year, and I know they'll be just as happy as I am. That's why I love them so much.
"For most of my career I didn't think it'd ever happen but, for the last year or so, I thought there might be a slight chance so to get the call-up has been a dream come true.
"I'm over the moon just to be involved, but I want to make a claim and show that I'm here for the future," he continued.
"Obviously I understand my age means I'm not going to be there for the long term, but I am hoping that I can bring something to the squad over the next year or so.
"I am just concentrating on being at the top of my game, and if I can help [England] then that'll be brilliant."