Wycombe Wanderers striker Jermaine Easter believes the experience of playing against Premiership sides in the Carling Cup will help him make the step up to international level.
The Chairboys' 21-goal marksman has faced Chelsea, Charlton and Fulham as the League Two club made it all the way to the semi-finals of the cup this season.
Easter, 25, has been handed a first call-up to the Wales national side on the back of his high-profile performances and he could make his international debut in Tuesday's friendly with Northern Ireland in Belfast.
"It has been a great season for me so far, scoring 21 goals and getting to the Carling Cup semi-finals and beating some pretty big teams," he said.
"I've enjoyed the Carling Cup. I scored in every round and it was an important competition for me because it is the reason I now find myself in the Wales squad for the first time.
"It was a good challenge playing and scoring against three Premiership teams. It was a challenge I rose to.
"The experience of playing and scoring against Chelsea, Charlton and Fulham has really boosted me."