Vincent Janssen admits his meteoric rise in the Eredivisie this season has surpassed all his expectations and his international call-up is a dream come true.
After failing to earn a professional contract at Feyenoord, Jansen left for Eerste Divisie outfit Almere City and it wasn't too long before his impressive form in the second tier of Dutch football attracted the attentions of AZ.
Janssen claims he set himself a ten goal target in his first season in the Eredvisie when he completed his transfer in the beginning of the campaign but after his brace in AZ's 2-0 away win over Willem II this weekend, he's just one goal short of doubling his initial target.
"The win was the same as all others I want to help my team with goals and assists," Janssen told NOS.
"I have no idea where this run will end but we are happy as a team and we have only lost one game since the winter break and if we carry on in this form we can realize our ambitions of achieving European football.
"I am not setting myself specific targets of goals at the start of the season I gave myself the target of scoring 10 due to the fact that I came from the Dutch first division and you do not know what to expect and also needing to adapt but I must say that it has exceeded my own expectations and naturally I had belief in myself.
"After the 10 goals I said to myself that the pressure is now off and just carry on enjoying my football."
His 19 goals in 27 games this season has seen him move joint top scorer with PSV's Luuk De Jong in the league and his efforts have not gone unnoticed – Netherlands boss Danny Blind has included the Dutch U21 international into his senior provisional squad for the upcoming friendlies with England and France.
"I did not expect anything because I was completely unaware of when the provisional squad would be announced.
"People had mentioned it in an around the club so I was aware of an eventual possibility of a call up, but I did not expect it to happen so quickly.
"It's a great reward for all my hard work when I first heard the news it was like a dream. It's a dream I have had my whole career to play for the national team and the opportunity is really close now so I will wait and see when the official squad in announced on Friday.
"I am just delighted to be in the provisional squad that shows I am appreciated. I really hope to be included in the final squad but it is up to the national team manger Danny Blind.