NATHAN Bishop is enjoying being back in training at Southend United - despite a shorter summer break than expected.

Bishop was called into England’s under-20 squad for the Maurice Revello Tournament.

But his selection came just days before the young shot-stopper was set to go on holiday.

“I had a holiday booked and four days before I was due to go I just got a text saying I had been called up for England,” said the 19-year-old.

“I had to cancel my holiday but I didn’t mind and being with England was obviously a great experience.

“It was busy, intense and different being around a variety of players but I really enjoyed it.”

Bishop lined up between the sticks for England’s 4-0 win against Guatemala.

But the youngster has now set his sights on the Shrimpers and the forthcoming League One season.

“It’s good to be back,” said Bishop.

“The summer was short but I’m enjoying being back here already.

“I learnt a lot with England and we had to wait for the Europa League final boys to get out there, like Joe Willock and Eddie Nketiah.

“You see and hear about their experiences and it’s different to ours but we all bring different things so it’s good.

“It’s a great feeling being with England but you want to progress and go further here first.”

Bishop broke into Blues’ first team last season, making 21 appearances.

And the custodian is keen to secure even more first team football next term.

“I really enjoyed last season but I had to keep my head down and keep working hard to see what happens,” said Bishop.

“As a team, the morale is brilliant and pre-season has started well.

“We have a great base to build on now.”

Bishop is already training hard with the Shrimpers.

But his schedule is slightly different to the outfield players.

“It’s more about weight-lifting and being strong and powerful,” said Bishop.

“It’s quite intense mentally because you’re tired.”

Bishop will now do all he can to earn selection ahead of Mark Oxley.

But he remains full of respect for the more senior goalkeeper.

“We get on really well,” said Bishop.

“Ox is great competition and he’s a great leader too. He shows the way for the young keepers and does well for all of us.”