Clarets defender Kieran Trippier believes he can break into the England set-up this season.
The 23-year-old, who signed a new three-year deal with Burnley in the summer, has played for his country at Under 18, 19, 20 and 21 level, and has been tipped to earn a place in the senior set-up as he prepares for life in the Premier League.
But the former Manchester City youngster accepts there is stiff competition for a place in Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad, and is merely concentrating on building on three consistent seasons at Turf Moor.
Trippier, twice named in the PFA Championship team of the season, said: “Obviously I played from such a young age for England but you never know, I don’t want to just think I’m going to walk into the England team because it doesn’t work like that.
“Like I’ve said to my family and friends if it happens it happens, if it doesn’t it doesn’t.
“It all comes down to myself and how I perform as an individual and with the team.
“I need those good players around me that we’ve got here to break through to the England team.
“It’s obviously one of the things that ‘s in my mind but I’ve got to take it day by day and you never know.”
Glen Johnson of Liverpool has been first choice, but has struggled for form, but there are several options in the right back role waiting for an opportunity: “There are loads of players out there, you’ve got Chambers, Nathaniel Clyne, Walker, obviously Glen Johnson, Naughton at Tottenham, Wisdom, Martin Kelly, Flanagan, Stones who was at Barnsley with me, there are loads of players and Glen Johnson is the number one right back, but there are so many good young players that maybe if they get given the chance they’re hungry to keep the shirt.
“I’ve just got to concentrate on my own performances and hopefully do the best I can like I’ve done in every game I’ve played for Burnley.
“Then if you get the nod, you get the nod, which would be an honour and privilege to play for my country.”