ALEX WOODYARD admits his recognition by England C proves he made a great decision by joining Danny Cowley’s ambitious Concord Rangers.

The 21-year-old joined the Beachboys in the summer after a season with Dartford in the Conference National.

He moved to the Darts in 2013 following his release by Southend United, where he made 15 first team appearances for the League Two giants.

And this week the industrious midfielder was rewarded for a fine start to the season with Conference South outfit Rangers with a call-up to Paul Fairclough’s contingency squad to face Cyprus Under-21s on February 17.

He told concordrangersfc.com today: “I found out on Twitter when the squad was announced and I’m delighted.

“It was a nice surprise but I know Paul Fairclough called Danny Cowley last week to say he had been watching me.

“I think it shows I made the right decision by joining Concord. People spoke very highly of Danny Cowley and I feel I have improved as a player under him in terms of consistency.

“And I now I would never wish and injury or illness on anyone but it would be great to come off the standby list and force my way into that squad.”

Woodyard (pictured above by Andy Smith) will look to strengthen his case further by helping in-form Concord to another very useful three points at home to Sutton on Saturday. The visitors are a place behind the Beachboys in the table in 12th because of an inferior goal-difference.

And the ex-Shrimper will get a chance to book his first final with the island club when they go to Hornchurch in the semi-final of the Essex Senior Cup on February 24 after the Urchins beat Redbridge 3-0 in the last eight.