Watford's Daniel Bachmann has admitted that he would have found the idea of being called up to Austria's Euro 2020 squad laughable just a few months ago.

The goalkeeper finds himself battling with Alexander Schlager for first place at the tournament and could get his chance to impress in upcoming friendlies against England and Slovakia.

His selection is reward for his efforts this season after taking over from Ben Foster as number one goalkeeping choice when the former West Brom and Manchester United man broke his finger midway through the campaign.

Speaking to the Watford website, Bachmann described the Euros as the "second biggest" thing in football and that he was looking forward to a "special" summer.

“If you had told me that in the first week of January I would have laughed at you,” he said. “It just shows you how quickly things can change and I'm just glad all the hard work has paid off. I never gave up even though it wasn't easy not playing much for the past two seasons and I kept training as if I was playing. I got my chance and I took it.

“It's always special to represent your country – and for it to be a big tournament makes it extra special.

“Going to the Euros is probably the second biggest thing in football, after a World Cup. It's incredible, really."

Bachmann's Austria will face North Macedonia, the Netherlands and Ukraine in their group stage matches and the keeper believes they have a chance of progressing beyond that stage, despite being outsiders.

“We have a very good squad as 21 of the 26-man squad play in the Bundesliga, which is obviously a very good standard," he said. "We've got to make it out of the group and from there you never know in tournament football. We are definitely outsiders but if you hit form at the right time then we've certainly got a chance of going far.”