Bolton defender Gary Cahill admits rubbing shoulders with the likes of John Terry has made him more determined than ever to establish himself in the England set-up.
Eyebrows were raised when Trotters boss Gary Megson paid Aston Villa £5million for Cahill's services in January 2008.
Now, the wisdom of Martin O'Neill's decision to dispense with the 6ft 2in centre-back is being queried following Cahill's outstanding form which so impressed Fabio Capello last season.
Capello called the former England Under-21 international into his squad for the recent World Cup qualifiers with Kazakhstan and Andorra following injury to Rio Ferdinand and a full cap now beckons for the 23-year-old.
Cahill told Bolton's official magazine `Extra Time' in an interview to be published next week: "Now that I have been involved in the England set-up, it makes me even hungrier to be involved once again.
"Over a period of 12 months, the England call-up capped everything off really nicely and I want to keep progressing in the same way at Bolton next year."