WREXHAM midfielder Mark Jones got the perfect birthday present on Monday - a call-up to John Toshack's full international squad for Wednesday's friendly against Slovenia.
Jones, who starred for the Dragons in their goalless League Two draw at Northampton last Saturday, had been expecting to play for Brian Flynn's Under 21 side against Malta on Tuesday but instead, following the withdrawal of Jason Koumas, had the chance to gain his first full cap.
A thrilled Jones, who celebrated his 21st birthday on Monday, said: 'I didn't know about it until I arrived at our hotel at lunchtime and it's come as a big shock, but I'm delighted.
'It's a nice way to celebrate my 21st and I'm looking forward to working hard in the next couple of days to impress the boss.
'I phoned my family and my dad said he's definitely coming down to watch the game so I hope I get the opportunity to play some part.'
But international call-ups are proving a nightmare for Wrexham manager Denis Smith as he prepares for Saturday's home game against newly-promoted Carlisle United.
Smith said: 'I'm delighted for Mark Jones and I hope he gets a cap. I just hope, if he does play, he returns fit and ready for Saturday's game which won't be easy.
'At least Swansea is a lot closer than the USA. We've lost Dennis Lawrence, who's playing in a World Cup qualifier against the US on Wednesday and won't be back with us until late Friday afternoon.'
And Smith has issued a rallying call to Wrexham fans ahead of Saturday's game.
He said: 'It's vital we get a good attendance. Carlisle are something of a sleeping giant.
'They command good crowds and with no competition in the area, should they do well, their support can only increase.
'I'm expecting a tough game. I was delighted with our draw at Northampton last Saturday and it was definitely a point gained. Rest assured they will be knocking on the promotion door at the end of the season, it's up to us to be up there with them.'
Smith has injury doubts over Dave Bayliss, Jon Waters and Matt Crowell, who are all under treatment ahead of the Carlisle game.