Swansea City midfielder Joe Allen insists he's ready to take his Wales career to the next level after staring in the Barclays Premier League this season.
The 21-year-old turned in a decent showing in the victory over Stoke City last weekend, and has featured in each of The Swans' opening seven league outings.
Allen has just three caps to his name for his country, but is hoping to earn his first start for Wales against Switzerland on Friday.
“It’s always exciting to meet up and be a part of the international scene. It is a massive privilege, you do get excited about it and it has been a disappointment when I’ve missed out.” said Allen.
“It’s been a bit stop-start for me with Wales, particularly with injuries and things. I said to myself at the start of the year my first aim was to get a Premier League start and the next target was to get my first international start. I want to play a bigger part in this Wales team.
“This is where I want to be and it is a level I have to be ambitious and confident enough to think that I can play at. I am an ambitious guy.
“If you are an international manager you do want your players playing at the highest level possible. This season myself and (Swansea team-mates) Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor will have the chance to compete at that level and I’m sure it will help us on the international scene.
“I do think the grounds and atmospheres you experience in the Premier League help give you the sort of grounding you need at international level. We’ve been at Manchester City, Arsenal and Chelsea, you are coming up against top international players in some of the best stadiums in the world and those are the experiences that will help you cope with the demands of the step up.
“I do understand you need to be playing regularly at club level to stake any kind of claim with Wales. I believe if I can keep my place in the Swansea team, I remain optimistic and hopeful that I will get a chance at international level.”
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