Zat Knight is confident his move to Aston Villa will boost his chances of an England recall.
The defender completed a £3.5million move to Villa from Fulham on Wednesday and is in line to make his debut against Chelsea at the weekend.
He is relishing the chance to showcase his talents and believes a series of good performances could lead to him being called up by Steve McClaren.
"There is nothing like starting at the top against the best team in the country," said Knight.
"I'm really looking forward to the challenge of playing for such an ambitious club as Villa.
"There are a few English players in the Villa side and obviously the England manager will take more notice and watch a few more games in which I am involved, unlike when I was at Fulham where I was the only Englishman in the team.
"First and foremost I have to be doing it well for Villa. If I am playing week in and week out for Villa and doing well then I see no reason why I cannot get into the England team."
Knight has just two England caps to his name, with both appearances coming on the tour to America in May 2005.
Knight will compete with Olof Mellberg, Martin Laursen and Gary Cahill for a place in the Villa side and Martin O'Neill feels he will bring a lot more quality and determination to the defence.
"I do want to strengthen the side and Zat has come in to improve the team," said O'Neill, who is also looking to sign a right-back.
"If he stays clear of serious injury he will be terrific for us.
"I've watched him for the last couple of years. When I was out of the game I watched a lot of Fulham games.
"I wouldn't be spending money if he wasn't a quality player. I mulled it over for some time and thought he was really worth going for."