Jermaine Pennant has set his sights on emulating Birmingham central defender Matthew Upson in forcing his way into the full England squad after leaving Arsenal.
Upson left Highbury in need of regular first-team football in January 2003 and has been a regular member of Sven-Goran Eriksson's squad during the past two seasons.
Now Pennant has arrived on loan at St Andrews from the Gunners with a view to making a permanent move and he has similar aspirations to Upson on the international front.
The winger said: "Matthew Upson has proved that you don't necessarily need to be playing for one of the top three Premiership clubs to get international recognition.
"Since he left Arsenal, he has established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premiership and has earned his place in the England squad.
"I want to do exactly the same and there is no reason why, if I play to the best of my ability for Birmingham, that I can't get an opportunity for England at some point in the future.
"But at present I am just concentrating on doing my best for Birmingham City between now and the rest of the season."
Pennant has admitted he had become frustrated at the lack of first-team opportunities afforded him by Arsene Wenger with Arsenal.
He said: "I needed a fresh start. Although I am still young, I was at Arsenal for a long time and it was frustrating when I was not playing.
"I know as a young player that you have to be patient and bide your time, but there is only so long that you can do that.
"I am at an age now where I want to be playing every week. I was patient at Arsenal for six years and now it is better for me to be here at Birmingham, playing in the Premiership."
Blues chairman David Gold praised the impact of Pennant and believes that the support of the fans has enabled him to play without fear of making mistakes.
He said: "Jermaine plays with no fear. The most important thing with an attacking player is that the minute they start to get fear, they take the easy option.
"The minute fans get on the backs of a player, they will start to play the easy ball and out goes the flair.
"We want players to be brave in taking people on, who aren't afraid to lose the ball from time to time and who get in dangerous areas."