Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker has declared his New Year resolutions for 2008 - to help his side secure European football and catch the eye of newly appointed England manager Fabio Capello.
The former England Under-21 skipper is enjoying success this season in the engine room of Martin O'Neill's rejuvenated Villa and is desperate to make the step up to the senior national squad.
Reo-Coker, who led the Under-21s to the semi-finals of the European Under-21 Championships in Holland in the summer, is desperate to follow in the footsteps of Villa captain Gareth Barry, keeper Scott Carson and winger Ashley Young.
The 23-year-old has now reached the upper age limit for the young squad and is fully aware England have a good selection of midfielders. But he hopes to make sure the new national coach is aware of him by impressing with Villa this season.
He said: "I would love to have an England call up. I would love to make my England debut and I would be very happy if I got that opportunity. I still do want to play for my country and I hope I don't get overlooked and people don't forget about me."
New England coach Capello, unveiled at a press conference at Soho Square yesterday, is renowned for building defensive sides and Reo-Coker hopes his new deeper role at Villa will strengthen his case.
He said: "I am enjoying this new role and I have an opportunity now of adding another strength to my repertoire. I am used to being a dynamic box-to-box midfielder but Martin O'Neill wants me to play with more discipline and that is something that I am doing for the team. He wants me to be a lot more defensive-minded as one of my main assets is my ability to win the ball and break up play and I think that is what Martin, and hopefully Fabio, will see in me.
"This is a transitional season for Villa. I think we have to be very happy where we are in the league and Europe is our aim without a doubt."
Capello, revealed it was "a dream come true" to take over as England manager, and said he would judge who plays for England not just on their technical ability but their "behaviour and attitude."
Capello, who has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal, said to be worth £6.5million a year, with the FA, said: "I am very proud and honoured to be the England manager. I have wanted this job for a long time," he said in English.
"It's an honour to be the coach, and it's a dream come true. It's a job that everybody wants and everybody knows there are great expectations with the job and I will work to achieve these with the FA.
"I unofficially started work yesterday by watching Super Sunday [the televised games between Liverpool and Manchester United and Arsenal against Chelsea] but the official job will start on January 7.
"The main objective will be to meet the players and coaches of the English leagues. I am convinced this is a great team and can go right to the top."
Football Association chief executive Brian Barwick said Capello was a "world-class" replacement for Steve McClaren, who was sacked having failed to secure Euro 2008 qualification last month.
Barwick said: "I think we have an outstanding man with an outstanding record and I look forward to working with him from January 7."
Capello, 61, is now keen to brush up on his English before he starts work officially next month.
He has so far refused to say who will captain England and who will be in his team saying only: " I believe that wearing the England shirt should be a matter of pride and I want to see all players play for England like they do for their clubs.
"There are many things I have to think about but a spot in the England squad needs to be deserved through behaviour and attitude."