Carlos Cuellar believes he can break into the Spain squad ahead of next summer's World Cup.
The Aston Villa defender is starting to realise his potential after taking time to settle at the Midlands club following his move from Rangers in the summer of 2008.
He has impressed at both right-back and centre-half this season, with manager Martin O'Neill describing his performance as 'outstanding' in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Tottenham.
Cuellar has yet to make his international debut but he has been tipped as a contender for a place in Vicente del Bosque's World Cup party.
He said: "Everyone in Spain seems to be saying I will be going to the finals. That's what I keep hearing on television and radio and reading in the newspapers.
"But I know it is going to be very hard to get into the national team because they keep winning.
"They won the European Championships in 2008 and they still are a very good team. Most of the players are from big clubs like Real Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia so it will be difficult.
"But I believe I still have a chance and I'm working hard to try and get into the team. What matters is the final list of players put together by the national coach."
Injuries in the past
Cuellar admits he was not at his best in his first season at Villa but he feels injuries were a major factor.
"The Premier League in England is stronger than the Scottish League but, before that, I was playing in the Spanish League which has really good players," he said.
"The problem last year was I had too many injuries. Now I am really happy to be playing. This year I am feeling strong and playing better than last year.
"I feel comfortable at centre-half but the most important thing is to play every game and to try and help the team."