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Anton Ferdinand is looking for West Ham to continue on an upward curve and is targeting a spot in Steve McClaren's England squad.

The Hammers confounded the critics last season by comfortably retaining their Premiership status, as Alan Pardew's charges won many fans with their effervescent style of play.

Ferdinand feels Pardew has made some astute signings this summer and is hopeful the club can help him achieve a personal goal in the new campaign.

"Lee Bowyer and Carlton (Cole) are good additions and Tyrone Mears is another new recruit, so we have brought in players who can do a job," Ferdinand told Sky Sports News. "Everyone is looking forward to the new season and everyone can't wait to get going.

"We set a target last year and reached it and we will be setting targets again and hopefully beating them.

"We want to have a better season than last year. It will be hard, but we will be trying for it."

Ferdinand did not look out of place in The Premiership last term and he is looking to make the next step in his career by securing a spot in McClaren's new England regime.

"Personally I want to keep playing well for West Ham, keep improving my game," he added.

"I want to be in the England squad as soon as possible, but it does not always work out like that.

"It is definitely one of my aims to be in and around that squad."

McClaren has taken the reins from Sven Goran Eriksson and Ferdinand is looking to make an early impression on the former Middlesbrough manager.

"It (new manager) is a new opportunity," he added. "But I have got to worry about myself and do the best I can to get into that squad."