Anthony Stokes is hoping to play himself into the Republic of Ireland squad for next week's World Cup qualifier with Cyprus.
Sunderland striker Stokes is one of a number of fringe players who be looking to impress Republic boss Giovanni Trapattoni when a B team plays Nottingham Forest in a challenge match on Thursday.
Stokes is glad to have the chance to play after finding himself frozen out at the Stadium of Light.
"At the minute I am not playing week-in, week-out at Sunderland so it is nice to be involved in this squad," Stokes told Sky Sports News.
"Hopefully we all do well this week, and we all want to do well personally and push our way into the senior squad."
Trapattoni has hinted some of the players in the B team could earn a call-up to the senior squad to tackle Cyprus, with the Italian having been impressed by Hull striker Caleb Folan.
"Next week the squad will be 90 per cent the same as before, but I said to the players that I will keep maybe one or two or three of them with me for the Cyprus game," added Trapattoni.
"Caleb is a big striker playing in Hull and I think he has a good quality."