Steven Taylor is eager to get back into contention at Newcastle after leading the England Under 21 side to two victories in 10 days.
The Tyneside defender was appointed England Under 21 captain and is hoping that his international outings will help further his club career.
He has fallen out of contention with Magpies manager Sam Allardyce who has instead chosen to field his four summer signings in defence.
Taylor is hoping to force his way back into the team for their Premier League encounter with Tottenham on Monday, with defender Claudio Cacapa facing a late fitness test on a groin injury.
He said: "The competition is massive - it's probably the best it has been for a good few years now, and that's what you want.
"To develop your game, you need that. It's good competition and that is what this club needs.
"To be given that opportunity to captain my country, there is no greater honour. To lead the side out in every game is fantastic.
"It has been really good - but I am looking forward to getting back to club football now."
Newcastle have not kept a clean sheet at home in their last five games but remain unbeaten at home this season.
Taylor hopes this run of form can continue against Tottenham.
"We want to keep our home record going and there is no reason why we cannot do that," he said.
"The fans have been great in getting behind us. I know last season we were a bit disappointing, but this season we are looking to build from that and get the results we need."