Chris Wood is hoping his impressive performance against Bahrain last month will earn him a start for New Zealand this Saturday.
In the first leg of the Asia/Oceania World Cup play-off, the West Bromwich Albion striker proved a handful for the Bahraini defence after coming on as a substitute in the 66th minute.
He also had a late effort ruled offside in the goalless draw at Bahrain National Stadium.
Now the 17 year-old believes he is ready to dislodge Celtic's Chris Killen in the starting eleven for the return leg in Wellington.
"I had a good performance over there," Wood said on The New Zealand Herald.
"I hope that gives (coach) Ricki Herbert something to think about. I have been playing well for (West Brom too).
"I don't feel like I'm 17. More like 25, for what I have achieved in my short career. If you have the ability, I have no doubt you should be out there."
New Zealand coach Herbert is expected to name his side for the crucial match on Saturday morning.