Fulham full back Moritz Volz is aiming to build on his impact at club level by earning international recognition with Germany.
Volz has enjoyed a fine season with Fulham since joining from Arsenal, initially on loan, at the start of the campaign.
The 21-year-old has established himself as first choice right back at Loftus Road and wants to use his spell at Fulham as a springboard to the international arena.
The youngster, who signed a permanent deal with The Whites in January, is eyeing a spot in the German Under-21 team before stepping up to the senior side.
He is also hopeful that plying his trade outside his homeland will not hinder his chances of making the breakthrough.
“I’m looking to get in the Under-21s first because I was not selected for their last match,” commented Volz.
“Obviously it’s a long-term goal for me to play for the national team. I don’t know whether they know about my progress but I hope they keep in touch.
“I remember at the start of the season the German media did not mention me when they were showing some Fulham games because they didn’t know I was playing for the team.
“I know I can’t play in front of the German scouts every week because I’m abroad and I don’t have the profile of a player like Jens Lehmann or Christian Ziege.
“But I’ve played at all the youth levels and all I can do now is make sure that my performances are good enough to put me in contention.”