Ghana winger Albert Adomah will be sat in a five-star BrazilianÂ hotel, preparing to face the USA on footballâ€™s greatest stage.
By the time the World Cup is over, the 26-year-old winger will also haveÂ pitted his wits against Germanyâ€™s Mesut Ozil and Bastien Schweinsteiger, notÂ to mention Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yet without Harrow Borough and their erstwhile manager David Howell, AdomahÂ might well be hanging wallpaper in Shepherds Bush whilst watching the WorldÂ Cup on TV.
Adomah, born in Lambeth to Ghanaian parents, was 15 when he got the bus toÂ Ravenscourt Park in Hammersmith and begged for a game with the local streetÂ wardens. They agreed, and luckily for him, one of them was big mates withÂ Howell.
â€œI do a bit of event management and one of my DJs kept getting on to meÂ about this young player he had at Ravenscourt Park,â€ recalls Howell.
â€œI asked him down for a Harrow youth game, but after about half an hour Iâ€™dÂ seen enough. He was so quick and he just flowed when he ran with the ball. IÂ took him off, signed him up and Albert was with the first team from thatÂ moment on.â€
Despite initial fitness issues (â€œAll of his early appearances were lucky toÂ last an hour,â€ laughs Howells), Adomah â€“ who supplemented his Â£50-a-weekÂ wages by working as a painter and decorator with his brother â€“ soon became aÂ star.
A move to Barnet in 2008 was followed by a Â£150,000 switch to ChampionshipÂ side Bristol City two years later. The came his biggest break, a Â£1m move toÂ Middlesbrough in August that resulted in 13 goals, 40 games and a player ofÂ the season award.
â€œIâ€™m not surprised,â€ says Howell. â€œI always said he was good enough to playÂ in the Premiership. I still think that and I hope this World Cup showsÂ everybody how good he really is.
â€œWeâ€™re still friends. He lived literally five minutes from my house so IÂ used to pick him up, take him to training and bring him back. I spent a lotÂ of time getting to know him, talking about his game and things to improve.
â€œHe was an impressive learner in that way. He always listened, always wantedÂ to be a better player. He was never big headed, and he isnâ€™t to this day.
â€œI last spoke to him about three weeks ago. He was going away to playÂ Holland with Ghana and at that point the squad still had to be cut from 25Â to 23. He wasnâ€™t definitely on board yet and was obviously fretting a bit.Â So I wished him well for the Holland game, he played 90 minutes and made theÂ cut.
â€œWeâ€™ve just had a baby, four weeks old, and Albert said heâ€™d come round toÂ see us. But I said â€˜Donâ€™t rush â€“ I think youâ€™ve got bigger fish to fry!â€™
â€œIt was typical of Albert, though. Heâ€™s thoughtful, polite, well-mannered â€“Â everything that people think a footballer isnâ€™t. I couldnâ€™t think of a nicerÂ bloke for this to happen to and I wish him every success in Brazil.â€