Earnshaw's Wales claim

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Robert Earnshaw is hoping his move to West Brom will boost his international prospects with Wales.

The Baggies splashed out a club record £3 million to lure Earnshaw from Cardiff City earlier this week.

The diminutive hit-man had been a prolific scorer for The Bluebirds and he also boasts a respectable record on the international arena.

But Earnshaw is primarily the back-up forward in Wales coach Mark Hughes' plans with John Hartson and Craig Bellamy topping the pecking order.

Earnshaw is now hoping his leap in to The Premiership will enable him to become a first choice for his country.

"I loved my time at Cardiff but it came to a point where it was the right time for me, my family and my career to move on," said Earnshaw.

"I think I have to be playing in the Premier League to get in the Wales team and also to get better and move my career on."

The 23-year-old's Baggies debut is on hold due to the international recess and he is champing at the bit to line up for Gary Megson's side.

He is likely to be handed his baptism in the next Premiership fixture against Liverpool and the attacking livewire can not wait for his West Brom bow.

"It's not the best that I have to wait a while to get up to West Brom but I can't wait," he added. "It's exciting.

"I'm going up there to do my best and I don't like to look at myself as just a goalscorer. I want to help the team and then the team helps me.

"I'm just hoping it goes the same way as my international career."