Darren Bent was delighted to score and play 90 minutes in England's 2-1 win over Denmark on Wednesday.
The Aston Villa striker levelled matters at the Parken Stadium after Daniel Agger put Denmark ahead.
Villa team-mate Ashley Young sealed the win for England on a pleasing night for Bent.
"I was happy to get 90 minutes today," he told Sky Sports News.
"Fabio thought it was right to start me today and I managed to get a goal and I was pleased with the performance."
The former Sunderland striker believes his January move to Villa Park has only enhanced his England claims.
"Since I have been at Villa things have been going right. Fabio told me it has helped my England chances by going to Villa and that was proved today by starting me."
Bent was full of praise for Villa team-mate Young, who shone in Copenhagen after coming off the bench.
"The guys who came on, Ashley Young particularly did great," he said.
"Ashley has been showing that since I have been at Villa and he has been brilliant, and these are the type of performances we need to put in if we want to play for England.
"Denmark are a good side and play good football, but we coped well."
Bent hopes his display will help keep him in the England reckoning, adding: "There are a lot of good England strikers, just a couple of games ago Jermain Defoe scored a hat-trick so I just have to keep my club form up and keep performing when I do get picked."