Pearson thought call-up was prank
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Pearson had learned of his selection from fellow Motherwell player Steven Hammell - but could not believe that he had been promoted from the Under-21 side by Berti Vogts (pictured).
"This is unbelievable news and I'm absolutely delighted, said the 22-year-old midfielder.
"At first I thought Steven was playing a joke on me and having a laugh.
"He broke the news that I was in the squad but I refused to believe him.
"It wasn't until I went home and checked the squad announcement on Teletext that I knew it was for real.
"I was expecting a call-up to the Under-21 squad for the play-off against Croatia but to be called up for two such vital matches is the ultimate honour.
"This caps a magnificent season for me and it's a wonderful feeling."