Gael Clichy is hoping to force his way into the French first-team in time to feature at Euro 2008.
The Arsenal full-back was called up by Raymond Domenech for the first time ahead of the recent friendly against Spain and despite having to make do with a place in the 'B' team which faced Congo, Clichy hopes to have done enough to make the step up in the future.
He impressed throughout the 0-0 draw against the African side and has now set his sights on being involved at this summer's European Championship in Austria and Switzerland.
"I had been waiting a long time to be called up so it was great to be there," Clichy told Arsenal's official matchday programme.
"It wasn't the first-team unfortunately so I need to work a bit harder to get my first full cap. My objective is to be at the European Championships and if I can be there without having played all the games beforehand then fantastic.
"The coach, Raymond Domenech watched both 'A' and 'B' games. He said well done to me and I hope he will call upon me for the forthcoming game against England and of course for Euro 2008."
Of more immediate concern to Clichy and his Gunners team-mates is an FA Cup fifth round tie against Manchester United on Saturday and midfielder Abou Diaby feels that anyone expecting the game to lack intensity as both sides focus on other targets is well wide of the mark.
"I think we want to play well in every competition whether it's the FA Cup, the Champions League or the League," he told Arsenal's official website.
"We want to win all of them because we are a big club and we want to win trophies. This Saturday is very important to us.
"Maybe a win will give us a psychological advantage. We just want to give our best and win the game."