Middlesbrough midfielder Julio Arca still has an ambition to play for Argentina in the future.
Arca is yet to make a senior appearance for the South American giants, with his last outing for his country coming as Under 20 captain in 2001.
However, the 26-year-old is not giving up hope of representing Argentina at full international level at some point in his career.
"It's my ambition to play for my country. Playing for your national team is right at the top," Arca told the Evening Gazette.
"The club gives you the chance to play football and you then have to see if the national team wants you.
"The best thing for me is to keep working hard for Middlesbrough and see what happens.
"There are plenty of great players in Argentina. There are many good young ones playing in Europe.
"I hope that one day I will be given the chance but it is not my decision."
Boro assistant boss Malcolm Crosby has backed their player's international aspirations and believes Arca is ready to make the next step in his career.
Crosby added: "There are not many better midfield players in the country at this moment than Julio Arca. He has made a terrific impact this season.
"Maybe it's time for Gareth Southgate or me to make contact with the people in Argentina and get them to recognise how well he is playing for us.
"I've no doubts that Julio could play on an international stage without any problems at all."