Adam Johnson is hoping his move to Manchester City can see him make a late bid for England's World Cup squad.
The 22-year-old completed his switch from Middlesbrough to Eastlands on Monday, just hours before the deadline.
Now Johnson has his eyes firmly on impressing England chief Fabio Capello, having already shone for the Under-21s over the past few seasons.
"A few of my mates have been having a bit of banter about it. Stranger things have happened in football, I suppose," he told the Daily Star.
"And maybe if there's a couple of injuries, who knows? If I can play well, I'm sure the England manager watches Manchester City games most weeks."
Johnson underlined his happiness to have finalised his near £7million move.
"This is a club going places. I've been wanting this move to happen since I first heard about the interest. My mind was set then," he said.
"Ambition is the key word for me. It's an ambitious club and I've a good chance of winning things and making myself a better player here.
"I know Micah Richards and Nedum Onuoha from the Under-21s, having spent all the summer with them, so I'm among good friends. Hopefully, they'll help me settle in.
"Life is too short to turn down an opportunity like this and that's why I had to come."