Ryan Shawcross hopes proving his pedigree in Europe with Stoke will earn him international recognition.
The Potters defender has been called upon by England boss Fabio Capello in the past, but was an unused substitute during a friendly encounter with Egypt.
He is keen to make that step up in the near future, with his sights firmly locked on winning a first senior cap.
In order to make the breakthrough, Shawcross accepts that he must perform at club level.
That means shining for Stoke in the Premier League and proving his worth in continental competition.
Tony Pulis' men are set to get their Europa League campaign under way against Hajduk Split on Thursday and Shawcross has more reason than most for wanting to impress.
"My aim is to get into the England team, and proving I can play on the big stage in Europe will only help that," said the former Manchester United trainee.
"I've been to European nights at Old Trafford so I know what it's like, but this will be my first experience of playing in Europe. I can't wait.
"We've proved we can play in the Premier League and Europe is the next step for us all. Hopefully I can play well and work hard and that will influence the manager into picking me.
"It's always tough to get into the England set-up because there are a lot of world-class players in my position but it's something I'm striving for."