Anthony Stokes is aiming to use Republic of Ireland's Under 21 clash against England as a starting point to forcing his way back into the senior squad.
The Sunderland striker won three senior caps earlier this year but
missed an Under 21 friendly in August following a mix-up over an injury and is
only just back in the squad.
Stokes is set to lead the attack against England on Tuesday and he is determined to catch the eye of Steve Staunton and force his way back into his plans.
Point to prove"I've got a point to prove to myself and everyone in the Irish set-up - to get back into the first team," said Stokes.
"That's where I want to be - playing under Steve Staunton. So it's a good
chance to impress.
"I'm not playing week-in week-out in the Premier League so I have to
prove myself here."