Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny says representing his country is "the best feeling in the world" and that he cannot wait to be part of the Poland squad when they host Euro 2012.
The 21-year-old has established himself as Arsene Wenger's first choice this season and his performance for Poland against Germany in their recent 2-2 friendly drew praise from former Bayern Munich goalkeeper Oliver Kahn.
Szczesny, who was forced to pull out of his country's friendlies against Belarus and South Korea due to injury, acknowledged that there has been a large amount of pressure on the national side after poor recent results, but he insisted that he is looking forward to the challenge of playing in front of the home supporters in next summer's tournament.
“There is lots of pressure being put on our national team because the results haven't been great recently and the fans expect us to do well in the Euros,” Szczesny told Arsenal’s official website.
“There is big excitement but big pressure, which of course is very good for me because I enjoy it. I am looking forward to playing the Euros in my own country.”
Poland have not needed to play a competitive fixture as they automatically qualify for the competition next year but that makes no difference to Szczesny, who feels the same amount of pride no matter who the national team are playing against.
“It would matter if it was club football but when you are with the national team it doesn't really matter whether you play a friendly game or a competitive game,” he said.
“Playing for the national team is the best feeling in the world, it doesn't get any better.”
Szczesny will feel confident of being his country’s No.1 following praise from Germany legend Kahn after the two sides drew last month.
And the Pole, who admitted he was flattered by the praise, says he hopes to use Kahn’s words as a motivation for him to keep on improving in the future.
"To date it was probably the best performance in my career," he added.
"It was a good result for us as well; we almost managed to get a win but conceded a last-second goal. I wasn't really happy after the game because we obviously didn't win the game but I watched it a couple of times after and I must admit I had a good game.
"Somebody told me straight after the game that they had watched the German television and he [Kahn] had praised me. It makes you feel good.
"I obviously don't feel as though I have made it in football and to hear that from somebody with so much authority and legendary status in goalkeeping makes you feel really good. It makes you motivated to keep working hard in training and give you the best possible career in football."