New Middlesbrough signing Justin Hoyte believes his move away from Arsenal will boost his international chances.
The £3million signing believes his switch from being a peripheral figure with the Gunners to Boro's first team can lead to a first call into the England senior side.
The former England Under-21 international full-back could make his debut for the Teessiders in Saturday's trip to Liverpool.
"I'm delighted to have come to a club like Middlesbrough - there's a great set-up here," he said.
"Hopefully I can impress the manager and play regular football because that's what I need if I am to realise my biggest ambition and play for the England senior team.
"I had no expectations of ever leaving Arsenal, but when Middlesbrough's offer came in I sat down with Arsene Wenger and we had a chat about the situation.
"I decided to come to Middlesbrough and have a look at the set-up and as soon as I came here I knew that the move was right for me.
"I met Gareth Southgate and was absolutely delighted to hear what he had to say.
"His ambitions to take the club forward are impressive and I think he is going to be a very successful manager, so it is great to come here."