Tottenham defender Caulker eyes Lazio clash as chance to impress England boss

The young defender sees Spurs' Europa League encounter with Lazio as the perfect opportunity to further showcase his international credentials after making his debut on November 14

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.

"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.