Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson believes a consistent run of performances in the Premier League could earn him an England call-up.
The 24-year-old has been encouraged by the recent call-ups for Raheem Sterling, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana as well as a first cap for Canaries goalkeeper John Ruddy.
The former Leeds man knows the priority is producing for Norwich but remains optimistic, even though he acknowledges it is still a challenge to play for England while at an unfashionable club.
Howson said: "It's good that they give the younger lads a chance, but for me it's about playing well for Norwich.
"I'm sure if you perform well in this league you will not be too far away. There are a fair few new players getting a chance for England.
"If we need anyone to take inspiration from here it is John Ruddy. Last season he had a terrific season and has been rewarded for that internationally.
"You want to play consistently because if you are doing that the team is succeeding.
"But if you look at Grant Holt he has been very unfortunate. He had a terrific season last season and still didn't get the call-up which he deserved.
"He was the second-highest English goal scorer behind Wayne Rooney and still didn't get a chance. What more does he have to do?
"They may be looking at the bigger clubs. If you are playing for the bigger teams maybe you do have a better chance.
"I'm not just thinking about Norwich but some of the lads at say Swansea have been playing great and still not got a chance.
"I don't pick the team and can't do anything about it although it's something that is not impossible as John Ruddy has shown."
Howson hopes to boost his case against West Ham live on Sky Sports 2 HD on Saturday with his team still searching for a first win despite impressive displays against QPR and Tottenham.
Norwich boss Chris Hughton said: "I was delighted with those performances and we should have won them on the chances we had.
"Whether it is Manchester United or anyone else we go into all of our games striving to win, particularly at home."
After the visit of the Hammers, Norwich face a run that includes games against Newcastle, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Aston Villa but Hughton added: "They are very difficult on paper but we have to embrace them and not fear them."