Adam Johnson is delighted to have opened his England account and is now looking to hold down a regular role.
The Manchester City winger admits he is determined to make up for lost time after being overlooked by Fabio Capello for the 2010 World Cup.
The 23-year-old was hugely disappointed to miss out on a place on the plane to South Africa, but has refused to let his head drop.
Instead, he has knuckled down, forced his way back into the fold and set about proving his worth to Capello and his coaching staff.
A well-taken goal in Friday's 4-0 Euro 2012 qualifying victory over Bulgaria has certainly helped his cause, and Johnson is now keen to kick on.
He said: "Scoring my first goal was just a massive moment for me. It's obviously put the game to bed (at 3-0) which was another good thing.
"But I have to keep going and I can't just settle on my laurels because I've scored one goal for England.
"I want to push on and get as many caps as I can.
"My family, not just my mates, will keep my feet on the ground. Everyone has always been like that around me but I think I will know myself if I get too carried away or anything like that."
Johnson has also been in fine form domestically this season, helping City to make a steady start to the 2010/11 campaign.
He claims that working under Italian coaches for club and country helps him to maintain a level of consistency, with the philosophies of Capello not all that different to those of Blues boss Roberto Mancini.
Johnson said: "Capello and Mancini are pretty similar in their approach. I think in some ways the Italian mentality is different to the English attitude when it comes to management. There is an emphasis on the tactical side and the shape of the team.
"Obviously, every manager has things to do differently, but overall I think Mancini and Capello are pretty similar.
"I think if you can get a team to defend the right way, then there is more freedom for the forwards to attack.
"Obviously I like to do that and, when the defence is right, then it gives you a solid base to go forward - and both managers I play for like to do that.
"It gives me freedom in the final third to try things, to score goals and try to play attractive football. The defence gives you the confidence to do those things."
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