Joe Taylor has been told he will be New Zealand Under 17s first choice goalkeeper for their 2013 World Cup Qualifying Campaign which begins next year.
The 16-year-old, who signed for Brentford on a two-year scholarship in the summer, took part in a training camp in Auckland with the Young Whites earlier this month and impressed enough to be handed the number 1 jersey.
The young goalkeeper has started all of The Bees' Under 18 Professional Development League fixtures this season putting in some impressive performances.
Joe, who lived in New Zealand for six years as a child and therefore qualifies through residency, said: "It was a great experience.
"I worked with James Bannatyne who was a full New Zealand international which was really helpful.
"We were mainly playing 11 vs 11 training games so the coaches could have a look at us.
"We also played a couple of friendlies against New Zealand Football Championship sides which I did well in.
"At the end of the week we got individual feedback from the coaches and they told me that I had impressed them and that I was their first choice for the World Cup Qualifiers next year."
New Zealand went out in the last 16 to Japan in Mexico in 2011 and are aiming to qualify for their fourth straight Under 17s World Cup through the OFC Qualifying Tournament which takes place in April.
Their opponents in qualification will include Tahiti, American Samoa and Fiji and The Young Whites are confident of qualifying for the Finals which will be held in the United Arab Emirates next October and November