Julio Arca has still not given up hope of forcing his way into the Argentina squad.
The 26-year-old has impressed hugely at The Riverside since his move to Middlesbrough from North East rivals Sunderland last summer.
Boro boss Gareth Soutgate has converted him into a central midfielder after signing him as a left-back and he is now first choice in the Teessiders' engine-room.
"As a player, I obviously have ambitions, but the longer it goes on, the less you think about being called up," said Arca.
"At the moment, I'm thinking more about playing well for Middlesbrough and that's what it's all about for me. But if I'm doing well here, who knows what might happen?
"The national TV is showing a lot of English games over there now, last month, they showed the whole of our game with Newcastle and they show highlights over there as well.
"The English and Spanish leagues are very popular over there, especially because of Javier Mascherano and Carlos Tevez. It's important and, if I'm scoring goals and doing well, it could help me get noticed."