Alberto Paloschi is hoping his recent move to Swansea City will be the platform to force his way into the Italian national team.
The 26-year-old joined the Premier League outfit in January from Chievo for a fee believed to be around the nine to 10 million euros mark.
It was a hefty price paid by the Welsh club who clearly felt they needed some extra fire-power up-front as they battle to avoid relegation to the Championship.
The Chiari-born star is yet to open his account for the Swans but his overall contribution to the team has been good, with results improving slightly since his arrival.
Paloschi is yet to earn a first cap for Italy but is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Graziano Pelle, who is now a regular in the national side since joining Southampton in 2014.
The former Parma ace is looking to provide the goals needed to keep Swansea up this term and make a late charge for Italy’s Euro 2016 squad for the tournament in France this summer.
“I hope Swansea can act as a springboard for the Italy national team,” he said. “I have received call-ups from both Cesare Prandelli and Antonio Conte, but I am still uncapped.”
Swansea are struggling as they sit just three points above the bottom three and are next in action on February 28 when they travel to title contenders Tottenham.
The visitors are a 7.50 chance to clinch all three points, a draw is priced at 4.20 while the hosts are the firm favourites at 1.44 to keep the pressure on table-toppers Leicester City.