Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon has his sights set on earning a place in the senior England side after impressing for the Under-21s.
Sessegnon was mentioned as a potential outside candidate to travel to the World Cup in Russia but ultimately he was overlooked by manager Gareth Southgate.
The 18-year-old helped the U21s book a spot at Euro 2019 on Thursday as the young Three Lions squad thrashed Andorra 7-0.
The Cottagers star says he has been hitting the gym in a bid to help him cope with the physicality of the Premier League following Fulham’s promotion last year, and he believes if he can continue to improve he will be able to force his way into Southgate’s squad.
“It keeps you focused, it makes you happy knowing they are thinking of you but it drives you to be better and improve your game so you can get into the senior squad,” he said.
“You saw in the World Cup they had a specific way of playing. It was controlled possession, a lot of attacking entries in the final third and you can see that with all the age groups.
“Gareth has a way of playing and you can see that in all the age groups. It’s exciting to be an English player at the moment.
“With the Under-21s we’ve not got another major tournament with the national team and it’s another opportunity to win another tournament.”
Fulham are 17th in the Premier League table and face bottom club Cardiff away in their first fixture after the international break, and defeat would almost certainly see them drop into the relegation places.
The Cottagers are 3.00 to claim all three points and Sessegnon is 5.00 to score at anytime.