Birmingham City striker Cameron Jerome is hoping to use the confidence he has been given in being selected for the England Under-21 side to push on and help him find the back of the net on a regular basis for Alex McLeish's new-look side.
The former Cardiff City striker hopes he can find the goals needed to fire the Blues up the Premier League table and away from the threat of the relegation trap door.
Jerome and midfielder Fabrice Muamba were both selected for Stuart Pearce's new Under-21 squad a fortnight ago and both made appearances from the bench in the 3-0 demolition of the Republic of Ireland that night in the European 2009 Championship qualifiers.
Jerome came on late in the second half but says the call-up has been a massive confidence booster and it is that confidence he believes he can take back to St Andrew's, although his side are without a game this weekend after their FA Cup exit.
Jerome, 21, who switched from the Bluebirds to the Blues in May 2006 in a £3 million deal, said: "It is different playing for England than for Birmingham because, obviously, you are with a different set of lads. I have been with the Under-21s for some time, so I know what it is all about.
"It is nice to work with your club on your day-to-day football and then get away and refresh and play for your country. The England lads are a great bunch and when we get away together, we try and refresh our minds and work on our game.
"Playing for your country is a great way to boost your confidence and that is what I need to take back to Birmingham. It does help you then when you go back to your club and confidence is what we need at Blues right now confidence we can string a few results together."
Jerome, who was born in Huddersfield, may have found life in the Premier League tough this season but he believes some of the team's performances have warranted results that haven't always gone their way.
Blues for example, have played well against some of the top sides in the division including Chelsea and Arsenal this season and have been unlucky not to come away with a point. But the England youngster is aware that life with the Under-21s can throw up disappointments too.
Last summer's young players suffered the heartbreak of crashing out in the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championship finals to hosts Holland on penalties.
The striker, who has hit 14 goals in all competitions in 46 appearances for Birmingham City, said: "We definitely want to go one better in the tournament next time after the disappointment of defeat in the semi-finals last year.
"The gaffer, Stuart Pearce, and the coaching staff told us that there are 15 games to the Euros and we bhad seven games left to go.
"We have one qualifying game left now and we just want to get on and get the next six out of the way. We know what is ahead of us. We know we want to go on and succeed.
"We were very disappointed to lose to Holland last time but I think, with the squad that we have got, we are capable of going on and winning the tournament at the next opportunity.
"We've got a real strong group here and players still to come through."