The Academy graduate has played every minute of Boro’s Championship campaign so far.

And last Thursday, he was in action for England’s Under-21s in a 1-1 draw with the Netherlands at Carrow Road – the venue where The Teessiders’ season will recommence against Norwich City on Saturday (3pm).

Manager Tony Pulis has chosen to employ Fry within a Boro back three in recent weeks, a decision which proved useful for the defender when he found himself in the same role on national duty.

“I’ve played it a lot at Middlesbrough and we’ve been getting results there,” Fry told reporters at St George's Park.

“So I know the formation quite well. We spent about three days before the Dutch game playing it in training. But we worked hard at it and the lads adapted really well and kept a clean sheet.

“It’s a formation which gives the defence a lot of protection and provides you a lot more options on the ball. But the quality within this squad, we are confident we can adapt to any shape the manager wants us to.

“A point against a side like that, who contain a lot of really talented players, was a valuable one and it’s another one towards qualification. Now we want to add another three to our tally."

That opportunity comes tonight in Latvia (3pm UK time).

Fry and England head to Jelgava at the summit of their European Championship qualification group, knowing that another victory would all but secure passage to next summer’s tournament in Italy.

The Boro defender has already racked up an impressive CV with his country, something which he believes has helped his development at Boro.

“We’ve won three tournaments out of four that I’ve been involved in over the last few summers,” Fry said.

"I’ve been part of a group that has mostly stuck together throughout that time.

“Because I have played in semi-finals and finals at tournaments it definitely helped me when I walked out to play at the Riverside in front of big crowds.

“I knew what to expect and could be a bit more relaxed about it having been in that situation before. It helps me prepare for a game.

“The Championship is a lot different, you are playing against men whereas the challenge in the under-21s is more technical. Either way, though, you want to get results.”

Fellow Boro youngster Marcus Tavernier was drafted in to train with Gareth Southgate’s England side last week, an experience which Fry himself enjoyed back in 2016.

That and the progress of former Young Lions teammate Joe Gomez to the senior set-up, Fry says, are signs that there are opportunities for England’s youth stars to make the step up.

“I’m buzzing for Tav, he deserved it. I’ve spoken to him since then and he said he did well,” Fry said.

“I played with Joe at the U17s Euros back in 2014. To see him now in the England senior side gives me and all the rest of the lads massive hope of following him in eventually making that breakthrough.

“It shows there is a pathway in the system. We’ve just seen Demarai Gray and Ben Chilwell get called up this week, so it shows Gareth Southgate is always watching.

“We all know that there is a pathway with England and we have to keep working hard and give it everything we’ve got to try and achieve that.”