West Brom striker Shane Long intends to fight for a starting spot in Giovanni Trapattoni's Republic of Ireland team at Euro 2012.
The 25-year-old has scored just one competitive goal for the Republic but has enjoyed an impressive first campaign with the Baggies, netting eight top-flight goals.
He faces stiff competition from the likes of Kevin Doyle, Jonathan Walters and Simon Cox to start alongside skipper Robbie Keane in Poland next month.
"I think Robbie is very secure in his place and deservedly so and there's four of us fighting for that other position," Long told Sky Sports News.
"I'd like to think I'm in the frame and in the manager's mind.
"I'll have to try and convince him in the few friendlies before we get to the Euros that I'm good enough to play alongside him.
"It's only good for the squad to have that sort of competition in every position, not just up front.
"It's going to push ourselves to be on the top of our game.
"Whoever gets the shirt on the first day in Poznan knows that they're going to have to perform to keep it for the next game."
The Republic of Ireland kick off their tournament against Croatia on June 10th before facing Spain and Italy in Group C.
And Long cannot wait to be a part of his country's first appearance at a major championship since the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
"We've heard the likes of Robbie and Shay and Dunney talk about Korea," added Long.
"How good it was and how determined they were to get to these finals.
"They said it was one of the best experiences of their life so we're expecting a lot.
"We just can't wait to get over there and get started. It's been a long time coming and we've been excited for so long to be part of it so let's just get out there and do it."