Tottenham defender Steven Caulker believes that Thursday's Europa League clash with Lazio presents a good opportunity to further prove himself to Roy Hodgson that he is ready for a regular place in the England team.
The 20-year-old marked his full international debut against Sweden on November 14 – after initially being called-up for the friendly against Italy without managing to take to the field – and scored to temporarily give England the lead.
Caulker missed Spurs’ next game – the north London derby against Arsenal - with a knock but hopes to again impress the England boss against Europe’s elite, namely Lazio talisman Miroslav Klose.
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"Every game in a Spurs shirt is a chance to prove myself at international level," he told the Football Association’s official website.
"Lazio have a German striker in Klose so I have a chance to prove myself again and get my place back in the England squad."
Caulker has made steady improvement since his season-long loan spell at Swansea City by breaking into Andre Villas-Boas’ first-team squad at White Hart Lane, making 12 appearances already this season.